Annie Taylor
April 12, 2019
Annie Taylor

Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old widowed school teacher from Bay City, Michigan, has the distinction of being the first person on record to go over Niagara Falls. She attempted her feat in an oak barrel with a 100 lb. anvil at her feet to keep it upright, and she survived. After the plunge, her barrel appeared and drifted towards the Canadian side where it was hooked and dragged ashore. Upon emerging, she is quoted as saying, “No one ought ever try this again.”Following her daring and frightful experience, Annie Taylor resided in Niagara Falls New York, where she sold mementos of her stunt to tourists. She died a poor woman in an infirmary on April 29, 1921, and rests in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York.

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