Niagra Falls

March 29th-March 31st, 1848

Without hundreds of historical accounts—journals, newspaper articles, and the like—it’d be almost impossible to believe that nature could shut off the massive “spigot” at Niagara Falls (the American Falls), but those historical accounts exist. Here’s what happened:

In the cold of winter, gale-force winds blew from the southwest for several days, forcing ice flows from Lake Erie up to the mouth of the Niagara River that connects Erie to Lake Ontario.

With the natural ice gathering at that same area, the million tons of ice in the north-flowing river got packed in so tightly that it acted like a dam. The river was nothing but a trickle by the early morning of March 30, 1848. It completely stopped flowing later that same day.

Read the full story in your Thursday, March 26th Times-Record. Purchase a paper copy at the TR office or an electronic edition online at

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