Going over Niagara Falls

Bobby Leach with the barrel in which went over Niagara Falls in 1911

The first person known to have deliberately gone over Niagara Falls and survived was Sam Patch. Sam was a textile mill worker from Rhode Island who had built a career out of jumping off bridges, ship masts and yes waterfalls. In 1827 he had jumped the 70 foot off Passaic Falls, New Jersey.

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