You Won’t Believe this Rare Footage Taken at Niagara Falls Over 50 Years Ago

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on March 9, 2022

If you live in Western New York, then you’ve probably made a visit or two to Niagara Falls State Park. The Falls is truly one of nature’s most breathtaking sights to see, but this footage shows the Niagara Falls like many have never seen before!

A recent article from Only In Your State shares how the American Falls was essentially shut off in 1969, in an effort to collect data on the landscape and learn more about the area’s erosion.


The article states:

“It’s a strange sight to digest, a dried up post-apocalyptic looking Niagara Falls. To think about one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls being completely dried up seems unimaginable and to see it through pictures or with your own eyes is even more wild.”

Ever throw a coin into a fountain for good luck? Well, here’s a fun fact: While crews worked on damming the area, they had to remove buckets full of millions of coins that had been tossed into the once flowing waterway. Imagine that!

This historic event also to no surprise brought in thousands of visitors to witness this occurrence. While some were lucky enough to see this spectacle, today, this strange version of the Falls lives on through rare footage from the time.

Here is one spectator’s imagery caught on camera:

How cool is that? (Very cool.)

Read more about the historic event here!

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