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FIRST NIAGARA FALLS DAREDEVIL

Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, poses with a replica barrel, marked with the words "Queen of the Mist," and a cat.

Mrs. Taylor reportedly sent a cat named Iagara over the falls in the barrel on Oct. 19, 1901, to test its safety before making her own plunge on Oct. 24, 1901. Mrs. Taylor hoped to make a fortune after the stunt by touring, displaying her barrel, speaking and selling postcards and pamphlets.

However, she was abandoned by her manager, who made off with her barrel and hired a younger, prettier woman to impersonate her. Mrs. Taylor died penniless in the Niagara County Infirmary in 1921, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls.

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