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For over 100 years, Niagara Falls has drawn daredevils to brave the rapids. People have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels, swam across the Niagara River, navigated the rapids in a boat and walked over on a tightrope. Women and men have sought fame and fortune; others needed to challenge themselves against the harshest conditions that could be found in nature. What makes Niagara Falls’ daredevils unique is the combination of “people vs. nature” mentality and a circus-like atmosphere that brought tourists from far and wide.
Orrin E. Dunlap (1861-1953) was a photographer and writer based in Niagara Falls who offered a unique perspective on the daredevils of Niagara Falls. Dunlap was also the managing editor for the Niagara Falls Gazette from 1890-1895. This collection includes both his own and other photographer’s images. It consists of 189 photographs and offers a rare view of these daredevils.
The manuscripts digitized in this collection represent only a small portion of the library's holdings. Dunlap’s writings about Niagara Falls daredevils were published in the Niagara Falls Gazette as well as other newspapers, magazines and books.