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Niagara daredevils among famous, infamous in new Great Lakes Seaway Trail guidebook

by jmaloni
Fri, Jun 1st 2012 06:00 pm

Great Lakes Seaway Trail's "Sailors, Keepers, Shipwrecks, and the Maid" guidebook tells tales of shoreline's famous and infamous

As Nik Wallenda prepares to walk over Niagara Falls, the newest book in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Guidebook Series, "Sailors, Keepers, Shipwrecks, and The Maid," tells the stories of the falls' first tightrope walkers and other daredevils - the famous and fascinating everyday people who have lived, worked, played and traveled along the Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines in New York and Pennsylvania.

Readers will discover interesting details about American presidents, pirates, pioneers, chefs, lighthouse keepers, artists and adventurers in the collection of vignettes enhanced by historic photographs, art, illustrations and maps.

The "maid" in the new book's title is the Maid of the Mist tour boat, a Niagara Falls tradition since 1846 and co-sponsor of the book project.

The guide's introduction encourages driving the full 518 miles of the National Scenic Byway and stopping at a series of Great Lakes Seaway Trail "Outdoor Storyteller" signs to learn more facts about local architecture, agriculture, maritime, military and natural history.

The new book is written by Steve Benson and published by the nonprofit tourism promoter Seaway Trail Inc. (Sackets Harbor). Benson is also co-author of Great Lakes Seaway Trail's French and Indian War guidebook "Waterways of Way: The Struggle for Empire 1754-1763."

Learn more about the Great Lakes Seaway Trail series of travel guides voted "Best of the Byways" by the American Recreation Coalition online at www.seawaytrail.com or call 315-646-1000, ext. 200.

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