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Rare Historical Photos Show How Niagara Falls Looked like from the 1850s to 1950s

People used to walk to Canada across the Frozen Niagara Falls until the late 1880s. Tourists strolled between the two countries, and entrepreneurs sold food and hot drinks from makeshift concession stands. Climate change and global warming fueled by human activities mainly affect Niagara Falls like the other precious regions of the world, such as Antarctica. In the last 40 years, an average of about 1.3-degree Celsius temperature is increasing. An annual increase in the average number of frost-free days with ten more compared to 1970. More rain and less snow in winter are increasing the water levels.

The scientists and martyrologists expect a 20% decrease in rainfall, 30 days free-free days, and an annual drop of 3-4 degrees Celsius by the 2050s. This will significantly increase the cooling requirements and energy costs for greenhouse operators. Lower water levels are likely to increase the concentration of chemical contaminants. It’s our collective responsibility to save this precious wonder of nature.

Below are some historical photos from the mid-19th century to the 20th century that show how Niagara Falls looked over the years.

#1 The Niagara Falls, circa 1850.

The Niagara Falls, circa 1850.

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#2 Niagara Falls, 1895.

Niagara Falls, 1895.

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#3 Niagara Moonlight, 1890s.

Niagara Moonlight, 1890s.

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#4 Niagara Falls from Canada, 1928.

Niagara Falls from Canada, 1928.

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#5 Frozen Niagara Falls, 1936.

Frozen Niagara Falls, 1936.

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#6 Niagara Falls in a frozen weather, 1936.

Niagara Falls in a frozen weather, 1936.

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#7 People gathering at Niagara Falls, New York, 1940.

People gathering at Niagara Falls, New York, 1940.

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#8 Two men pictured standing among the crystal corridors and caves of a frost-bound Niagara, 1950.

Two men pictured standing among the crystal corridors and caves of a frost-bound Niagara, 1950.

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#9 Niagara falls from the Canadian side with the Rainbow Bridge on the left and Bufallo in the Background, 1950.

Niagara falls from the Canadian side with the Rainbow Bridge on the left and Bufallo in the Background, 1950.

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#10 Niagara Falls, 1855.

Niagara Falls, 1855.

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#11 Visitors overlooking Niagara Falls from Prospect Point, on the US bank, 1859.

Visitors overlooking Niagara Falls from Prospect Point, on the US bank, 1859.

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#12 Icicles hanging from the rock at Bridal Veil or Luna Falls, on the American cataract of Niagara Falls, 1859.

Icicles hanging from the rock at Bridal Veil or Luna Falls, on the American cataract of Niagara Falls, 1859.

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#13 The two cataracts of Niagara Falls, as seen from Prospect Point in New York State, 1857.

The two cataracts of Niagara Falls, as seen from Prospect Point in New York State, 1857.

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#14 Icebergs at Niagara Falls, 1860s.

Icebergs at Niagara Falls, 1860s.

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#15 Horse Shoe Falls or Canadian Falls, forming part of Niagara Falls, 1861.

Horse Shoe Falls or Canadian Falls, forming part of Niagara Falls, 1861.

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#16 American Falls at Niagara,1860.

American Falls at Niagara,1860.

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#17 Ice Bridge, Niagara Falls, 1865.

Ice Bridge, Niagara Falls, 1865.

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#18 Behind Horseshoe Fall , 1869.

Behind Horseshoe Fall , 1869.

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#19 Niagara Falls and Terrapin Tower, 1867.

Niagara Falls and Terrapin Tower, 1867.

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#20 Terrapine’s tower on Niagara Falls, 1870s.

Terrapine's tower on Niagara Falls, 1870s.

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#21 Niagara Falls, 1880.

Niagara Falls, 1880.

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#22 Niagara Falls, 1883.

Niagara Falls, 1883.

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#23 Niagara Falls, 1884.

Niagara Falls, 1884.

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#24 Niagara Falls, 1888.

Niagara Falls, 1888.

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#25 Niagara Falls, 1885.

Niagara Falls, 1885.

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#26 General view of Niagara Falls and Goat Island, 1880s.

General view of Niagara Falls and Goat Island, 1880s.

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#27 Niagara Falls, 1890.

Niagara Falls, 1890.

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#28 Niagara Falls on the border between Canada and the USA in winter, 1890.

Niagara Falls on the border between Canada and the USA in winter, 1890.

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#29 Winter view of the American Falls in heavy snow, Niagara Falls, New York, 1895.

Winter view of the American Falls in heavy snow, Niagara Falls, New York, 1895.

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#30 Niagara Falls from Prospect Park, Niagara Falls, New York, 1890s.

Niagara Falls from Prospect Park, Niagara Falls, New York, 1890s.

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#31 American Falls and the ‘Maid of the Mist,’ Niagara Falls, New York, 1890s.

American Falls and the 'Maid of the Mist,' Niagara Falls, New York, 1890s.

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#32 Niagara Falls in winter, New York, 1890s.

Niagara Falls in winter, New York, 1890s.

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#33 Frost Work In Prospect Park, 1900s.

Frost Work In Prospect Park, 1900s.

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#34 Ice Mountain, Niagara, New York State, 1900s.

Ice Mountain, Niagara, New York State, 1900s.

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#35 Niagara Falls, 1902.

Niagara Falls, 1902.

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#36 Niagara Falls, 1903.

Niagara Falls, 1903.

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#37 Niagara Falls, 1905.

Niagara Falls, 1905.

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#38 Niagara Falls, 1903.

Niagara Falls, 1903.

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#39 Falls Street, Niagara Falls, New York, 1908.

Falls Street, Niagara Falls, New York, 1908.

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#40 Niagara Falls Freezes Over and is a magnet for citizen explorers and the adventurous, 1912

Niagara Falls Freezes Over and is a magnet for citizen explorers and the adventurous, 1912

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#41 Frozen Niagara Falls, New York, 1913.

Frozen Niagara Falls, New York, 1913.

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#42 Frozen Niagara Falls with people gamboling over the ice, 1919.

Frozen Niagara Falls with people gamboling over the ice, 1919.

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#43 A spectacular picture of the Niagara falls from the American side, 1920.

A spectacular picture of the Niagara falls from the American side, 1920.

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#44 Niagara Falls, New York, 1920.

Niagara Falls, New York, 1920.

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#45 Niagara Falls in the winter time, Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1921.

Niagara Falls in the winter time, Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1921.

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#46 Niagara Falls in winter, 1926

Niagara Falls in winter, 1926

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#47 Niagara Falls in winter, 1928.

Niagara Falls in winter, 1928.

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#48 An icy house near the Niagara Falls, 1930.

An icy house near the Niagara Falls, 1930.

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#49 A Symphony in White. White water cascades with a never-ceasing roar, 1933.

A Symphony in White. White water cascades with a never-ceasing roar, 1933.

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#50 Wintry Niagara Falls, 1936.

Wintry Niagara Falls, 1936.

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#51 Crowd gathers to see the wreckage of the Falls View Bridge, 1938.

Crowd gathers to see the wreckage of the Falls View Bridge, 1938.

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#52 King winter transforms Niagara Falls, 1938

King winter transforms Niagara Falls, 1938

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#53 People watching the waterfalls in Niagara Falls, 1940.

People watching the waterfalls in Niagara Falls, 1940.

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#54 Niagara Falls in New York City, 1940.

Niagara Falls in New York City, 1940.

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#55 Niagara Falls Frozen in Winter 1940

Niagara Falls Frozen in Winter 1940

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#56 Niagara falls iced falls in winter, 1940.

Niagara falls iced falls in winter, 1940.

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#57 Ice mountains at Niagara Falls , 1947.

Ice mountains at Niagara Falls , 1947.

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#58 A Bell Aircraft helicopter flies close to Niagara Falls, which is frozen. Only a trickle of water is coming from the falls, 1951.

A Bell Aircraft helicopter flies close to Niagara Falls, which is frozen. Only a trickle of water is coming from the falls, 1951.

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#59 Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at Niagara falls, 1951.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at Niagara falls, 1951.

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#60 Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Niagara Falls, 1951.

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Niagara Falls, 1951.

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#61 Niagara Falls in winter, 1952.

Niagara Falls in winter, 1952.

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#62 Niagara falls, viewed from a tourist boat, the water of the falls throwing up mist, 1953.

Niagara falls, viewed from a tourist boat, the water of the falls throwing up mist, 1953.

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#63 Niagara Falls, waterfalls on the Niagara River, 1950.

Niagara Falls, waterfalls on the Niagara River, 1950.

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