The Frozen Falls of Niagara is not something new, it has been a part of the region since at least the turn of the century, when photographic technology was just emerging in North America. We have collected a number of these historic photographs depicting the Falls in its deep freeze during the colder months.
Enjoy viewing our image gallery below of Niagara Falls’ wintery past:
Early view of visitors to Prospect Point, with Platt D. Babbitt’s photostand in background. Platt D. Babbit was an American photographer (born in 1822) known for his photographs in the area of Niagara Falls. He opened his business in a pavilion overlooking the falls and sold daguerreotypes and ambrotypes to visitors. Photo circa 1860’s. Photo courtesy of the Niagara Falls Library.
View of Niagara Falls in Winter circa 1885 by Herman F. Nielson. When the Niagara Falls would freeze over enough to create an ice bridge (approximately 30-100 feet deep), people would be brave enough to walk out on the ice and travel from one side to the other.
Concessionaires even pulled huts and shanties made of wood onto the bridge to sell tea, coffee, food, souvenirs and liquor! Niagara Falls in Winter 1910 featuring these concession stands.
UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1903: Sole Adventurer stand on an ice dome beneath the icicled Niagara Falls in a Frozen Wonderland (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)