10 Facts About Niagara River


Niagara River is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

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The Niagara River Gorge extends downstream from the Falls and includes the Niagara River Whirlpool and another section of rapids.

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Goat Island and the tiny Luna Island split Niagara River Falls into its three sections, the Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls.

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Niagara River and Falls have been known outside of North America since the late 17th century, when Father Louis Hennepin, a French explorer, first witnessed them.

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Niagara River wrote about his travels in A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America.

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Niagara River was the site of the earliest recorded railway in America.

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Several battles occurred along the Niagara River, which was historically defended by Fort George and Fort Niagara at the mouth of the river and Fort Erie at the head of the river.

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Niagara River was an important route to liberation before the American Civil War, when many African-Americans escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad crossed it to find freedom in Canada.

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Niagara River is listed as a Great Lakes Areas of Concern in The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.

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Niagara River has a long history of both road and rail bridges spanning the river, both upstream and downstream of the Falls.

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