The first tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls ever


WORLD'S FIRST TIGHTROPE WALK
ACROSS NIAGARA FALLS

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Who made the world's first tightrope walk across Niagara Falls?

Jean Francois Gravelot was the first person to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls and survive. He was born on February 28 in St. Omer, Pas de Calais in Northern France. He was known as the Great Blondin.

He arrived in Niagara in early 1958 and was very obsessed with the thought of crossing the Niagara on a tightrope. Finally, on June 30, 1959 he accomplished the feet using a 1,100 foot long, 3 inch diameter manila rope that stretched across what we know today as Prospect Park in Niagara, New York to Oakes Garden in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He started in the United States and ended up in Canada in 20 minutes. He used a 30-foot 9m long pole that weighed 40 pounds to help with balancing.

Throughout the summer of 1859, he crossed the tightrope eight more times. The hardest walk was accomplished on August 14, when he carried Harry Colcord, his manager, on his back.

The Great Blondin returned in 1860 and performed his tightrope stunt for hundreds and thousands of onlookers. He lived a long life and died in 1897 at the age of 73.



The first tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls ever

The first tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls ever

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