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Niagara Falls Barrels (hanging above)

These reproduction barrels replicate those used by daredevils who have taken a trip over Niagara Falls. In 1901 Annie Taylor became the first documented survivor of a ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Many others have since attempted it. Canadian stuntman Karel Soucek successfully went over the falls in 1984 in a barrel like the red one here bearing his name.

Guiding Questions:

  • Why would daredevils choose a barrel to go over Niagara Falls?

Learn more about Niagara Falls and how it formed:
www.nysm.nysed.gov/research-collections/geology/resources/niagara-falls.

Watch the Falls live:
www.niagarafallslive.com/.