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Niagara from the American Side

Pattern Category: Places

Series: Shell Border, Circular Center

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Length: 14.75 inches
  • Width: 11.5 inches


While the title omits the word FALLS, this platter is a view of Niagara Falls from the American side.  The first European to see the Falls was the French explorer Father Hennepin in 1678.  Goat Island lies between the American and the Canadian, or Horseshoe Falls.  Sam Patch, the New Jersey Jumper became the first person to leap over the falls in October 1829 after an earlier leap at Passaic Falls; he died the following month attempting to leap Genesee Falls.  Another view of Niagara Falls,  from the Canadian side, is depicted on Wood's Shell border, Circular Center plate called Table Rock, Niagara.   The exhibit entry entitled Niagara is also reputed to be a view of the Falls from the Canadian side.