More forgotten history that hides in plain sight: It’s not a stop for the Japanese tourists who visit Niagara, but they might be interested to know. The shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are the resting place for high-level radioactive waste leftover from the project to build the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. Who knew?
Niagara Falls is a place to escape the present. When I go there I remember day trips from Toronto with my parents, or visits I made later with my own children. I can contemplate the Ice Age scraping out the Great Lakes, or imagine the first French explorers coming up the river with Indian guides in the 17th century. Later, slaves escaping from plantations took the Underground Railroad, and crossed the Niagara River to freedom. The N.A.A.C.P, at first called The Niagara Group, began in 1905 in a hotel on the Canadian side. A statue on the American side commemorates Nikola Tesla and the 1895 launch of the first large-scale AC power system in the world. This heralded the industrialization of the area on the American side.