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Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls

If you’ve been to Niagara Falls, we’re sure that you have great memories of this majestic waterfall and its nearly incomprehensible amount of water cascading over cliffs that makes this one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the world. However if you haven’t had a chance to make it out to Niagara Falls, then this is the perfect time to do so. With summer coming up and the kids on break from school, this is a great time to book a Niagara Falls tour. Here are some interesting facts about this fantastic tour destination:

• Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the US, established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation. It was the first part of a line of reservations that eventually became the cornerstone to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

• Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect of Niagara Falls State Park, also designed Central Park in NYC.

• 3,150 tons of water flows over the falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.

• The water that flows over Niagara Falls flows at 32 feet per second over the falls, hitting the base of the falls with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.

• Niagara Falls generates more than four million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.

• Four out of five of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario. These four Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.

• 140 out of the 400 acres that make up Niagara Falls State Park, are underwater.

• The first person in recorded history to see and describe Niagara Falls at length, was Father Louis Hennepin, a French priest who accompanied LaSalle on his expedition to the Niagara region in 1678.

• In 1885, a horse-drawn carriage ride around the falls would have cost $1 per hour (a tour of Niagara Falls costs a little more today).

• On January 27, 11938, the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, known locally as the Honeymoon Bridge, collapsed under pressure from the build-up of ice in the gorge below the falls. The bridge had been closed for several days in anticipation of the eventual collapse.

• Although Niagara’s Falls are about 12,000 years old, the actual formation can be traced back millions of years.

• The flow of water actually stopped for a few hours over two of the falls on March 29, 1848, because of an ice jam in the upper river. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped sufficiently to allow people to walk out over the riverbed and recover artifacts that people were able to walk out and recover artifacts that had long been covered by the flowing water.

• The name “Niagara” comes from the Native American tribe that once occupied the region, the tribe was referred to as “Ongniaahra” by the Iroquois Nation that they were a part of.

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May 20, 2010 Posted by | America, Travel & Tourism | , , , , , | Leave a comment

About New York Business Insurance

New York Business Insurance can be put into one word: Service.
Even though there are business insurance companies galore each one should be dedicated to giving the best service possible.
Service designed with your company in mind to help reduce any losses and to control your insurance costs.

New York Business Insurance can be put into one word: Service.
Even though there are business insurance companies galore each one should be dedicated to giving the best service possible.
Service designed with your company in mind to help reduce any losses and to control your insurance costs.
Also to have honest, fair and prompt service regarding coverage, loss and claims.
Any business insurance company worth their salt will want to establish a good relationship with their clients.
Where the motto should be that they do not just work for an insurance company, they work for you. You as the client are what should matter.
There are many different types of business insurance. You will want to check and compare prices and policies. There are as many different prices and policies as there are insurance companies. It could make all the difference in the world by taking some time to look into what the business insurance companies have to offer.
From general liability to group health. From professional liability to workers compensation.
Your company’s specific needs are examined and then tailor made to fit your budget, and your standards. Whether you have employees or not. Whether you have business use automobiles or not.
There is also Crime Insurance for burglaryFree Articles, robbery and theft. Fidelity Bond Insurance protects a business against losses that are due to fraudulent employee acts.
Depending on how large a company you have there is even Directors Liability Insurance. Coverage provided for the costs of legal fees and other court costs if they are sued as individuals.
No matter how small or how large your company is there is a business insurance that will take care of all your coverage needs.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Business | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment