Caught Our Eyes: Frozen Falls

Recently, frigid temperatures lingering in parts of the United States have caused a somewhat rare occurrence: the (partial) freezing of Niagara Falls. While water still flows, either visibly or under a frozen shell, sections of the massive falls are covered in ice, to the delight of tourists making the trip to the U.S./Canadian border to view this natural wonder.

Looking back through our collections, I found several examples of icy Niagara Falls and the surrounding area from many years ago.  Enjoy the winter wonderland through these historic photographs – no bundling up required!

<i>American Fall and ice mountain.</i> Stereograph by George E. Curtis, between 1860 and 1900. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c16300

American Fall and ice mountain. Stereograph by George E. Curtis, between 1860 and 1900. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c16300

<i>Ice Bridge, Niagara 1912.</i> Photo by Bain News Service, 1912. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.10087

Ice Bridge, Niagara 1912. Photo by Bain News Service, 1912. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.10087

<i>A Fairy-land of ice and snow, Niagara Falls, U.S.A.</i> Stereograph copyrighted by R. Y. Young, 1903. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c07047

A Fairy-land of ice and snow, Niagara Falls, U.S.A. Stereograph copyrighted by R. Y. Young, 1903. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c07047

<i>Luna Island, Niagara Falls, N.Y. </i> Photo by Detroit Publishing Company, between 1900 and 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a24370

Luna Island, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Photo by Detroit Publishing Company, between 1900 and 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a24370

<i>American Fall in winter, Niagara.</i> Photochrom by Detroit Photographic Company, between 1898 and 1905. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.17828

American Fall in winter, Niagara. Photochrom by Detroit Photographic Company, between 1898 and 1905. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.17828

People on snow-covered ice at the base of the frozen American Falls, Niagara Falls, New York. Photo by George Barker, copyrighted 1883. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.11768

People on snow-covered ice at the base of the frozen American Falls, Niagara Falls, New York. Photo by George Barker, copyrighted 1883. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.11768

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