Extraordinary Pictures Show Niagara Falls When It Was Run Dry In 1969

Extraordinary Pictures Show Niagara Falls When It Was Run Dry In 1969

Niagara Falls, the name for a trio of waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls - which dominate the Canada/US border, is recognized by many as one the great natural sights of the world, bringing tourists from all over every year.

It's often prone to freezing in the colder Ontario/New York winters, but we wouldn't ever imagine it drying up. It seems almost impossible.

For a few months in 1969, though, the falls were reduced to mere trickles.

What distinguishes the American Falls is the huge rock pile at its base, the result of years of rockslides. Back in the 1960s, concern grew that such activity would erode the falls altogether, ending in an American-Canadian commission to de-water them for a total of five months.

Workers achieved this by employing over 1,200 trucks to dump 28,000 tons of rock into a cofferdam upstream, directing the flow of the river to Horseshoe Falls instead. This provided leeway for investigation. Upon searching, the US Army Corps of Engineers found two corpses - a low number considering the spot's notoriety when it comes to suicide.

It wasn't just the engineers who scaled the surface. Some locals and tourists also trespassed onto the riverbed to collect coins that'd been tossed into the water years before.

Over the course of the five months, engineers managed to install steel bolts and cables in order to monitor and stabilize the rocks surrounding Luna Island and Bridal Veil Falls. Then the water returned.

What would the falls unearth if they were drained again?



While we all wait to man the first spaceship to Mars in hopes of finally kicking back and living on the big red planet, this odd news bit ought to hold you over until then: astronauts are claiming they heard music-like radio transmission coming from the far side of the moon.

In 1969, the Apollo 10 crew (the Apollo mission before the famous moon landing), traveled to the far of the moon where the spacecraft was supposed to lose contact with earth for about an hour. Everything went well; well, at least people thought it did until now. Almost 50 years later the astronauts are revealing that they heard what sounded like music coming from the far side of the moon.

The taped recordings will be just one of the subjects of the Science Channel series "NASA's Unexplained Files." The taped recordings include the reaction from the astronauts upon hearing the strange noises. "It sounds like, you know, outer space-type music," one of the astronauts said. "Shall we tell them about it?" another astronaut said, wondering if they should notify NASA. Check out part one of the taped recordings below:

Al Worden, an astronaut on Apollo 15, tells the Huffington Post: "You don't hear about anything like that until years after the incident occurs, and then you kind of wonder, because it's such an old memory of those things that you get concerned about if they were making something up or was there something really there? Because you never really know."

"We'd had a lot of incidents where guys who flew in space saw and heard things that they didn't recognize, and you wonder about all of that," Worden continues to tell Huffington Post. "Recollection is one thing, but actual proof is something entirely different."

Check out part two of these recordings below, and tune into "NASA's Unexplained Files" to see the entire incident. The regular season returns February 23.