|News Display: Barrel Ride Down Niagara|
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Tags: Annie Edson Taylor, daredevil, Niagara Falls, stunt
Description/Abstract: News Display: Barrel Ride Down Niagara, Tuesday, 10/24
Annie Edson Taylor, a Bay City, Michigan schoolteacher, became the first person to plunge down Niagara Falls in a barrel. Seeking both fame and fortune, New York born Annie took the ride on her 61st birthday, October 24, 1901, in a five-by-three wooden, but well- cushioned pickel barrel. After a rough twenty-minute ride, she reached the shore, by and large unharmed, to be met by a flurry of photographers. Speaking engagements ensued, as well as a number of daring stuntmen who attempted the Falls -- illegally over the next century.
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