While this early news story reports that Mrs Taylor was 50 years old, in reality, she was 63 when she made headlines nationwide for riding the rapids and going over the huge waterfall running between New York state and Canada.


Over Niagara Falls alive – Woman made the journey in a barrel

Mrs Annie Edson Taylor: Age Fifty Years Ran the Rapids and Plunged Over the Canadian Falls.

Niagara Falls, NY, Oct. 24 — Mrs Annie Edson Taylor, 50 years old, went over Niagara Falls on the Canadian side this afternoon and survived, a feat never before accomplished and indeed never attempted except in the deliberate commission of suicide. She made the trip in a barrel.

Not only did she survive, but she escaped with out a broken bone, her only apparent injuries being a scalp wound 1-1/4 inches long, a slight concussion of the brain, some shock to her nervous system and bruises about the body. She was conscious when taken out of the barrel. The doctors in attendance upon her tonight said that though she was somewhat hysterical, her condition is not at all serious and that she probably will be out of bed within a few days.

Mrs Taylor’s trip covered a mile ride through the Canadian rapids be fore she reached the brink of the precipice. Her barrel, staunch as a bar rel could be made was twirled and buffeted through those delirious waters, but escaped serious contact with rocks. As it passed through smoother, swifter waters that rushed over into the abyss it rode in almost perpendicular position with its upper half out of the water.

As it passed over the brink it rode at an angle of about 45 degrees.


Annie Edson Taylor in the barrel


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Source publication: The Billings Gazette (Billings, Mont.)

Source publication date: October 25, 1901

Filed under: 1900s, Newspapers, Photos & photography

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