There's a bizarre musical mystery in downtown Niagara Falls: Someone's been blaring a college fight song out of a vacant building for months, bothering surrounding businesses and residents.
The music is the University of Iowa fight song.
Nobody has been able to figure out who's playing it or why it's being played.
The building where the sounds are originating, at the corner of Third Street and Ferry Avenue, is owned by Thunderfalls LLC. The company lists its business address on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn at Smokin Joe's Trading Post., which sells untaxed gasoline and cigarettes among its wares. Thunderfalls also used to operate a bar nearby on Third Street called Club Malibu.
Those are all business endeavors of Joseph M. "Smokin Joe" Anderson, who also owns other downtown properties, including a hotel and a former "snow park," which has been converted into an "adventure park" offering zip lines and a ropes course.
As the Gazette pointed out, the Iowa fight song gets looped more than 500 times a day. Be thankful you aren't subjected to that.
Here's the tune in case you want a listen.