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Annie Edson Taylor Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel – 24 October 1901

On her 63rd birthday, Annie Edson Taylor climbed into a barrel and went over Niagara Falls. Happily, she survived her incredible journey! The motive that drove Edson Taylor to perform such a terribly dangerous task was her twin desire for financial security and to avoid ending up in the poorhouse. Included below is a contemporary newspaper story that reports on this amazing episode. The Citizen – Saturday 26 October 1901 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.