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October 24, 1901

Annie Edson Taylor is the first to ride Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive.

 Why does it matter?

History is full of people who want to do something no one else will. Annie Taylor is the first of many people who have wanted to try and ride the powerful Niagara Falls. She traveled over the Horseshoe section of the Falls on her 63rd birthday. Accompanied by her cat, and having padded an old pickle barrel with pillows, she survived. She hoped to make money by publicizing her feat, but she died penniless.

For more information...

Daredevils of Niagara Falls
Pictures of Annie and her barrel along with others who have gone over the falls.

How Going Over Niagara Works
This page refers to Annie Taylor's accomplishment, but is part of a larger site that looks at how any person can survive riding the falls in a barrel.

Niagara Falls
The History Channel's overview of the history of Niagara Falls.