Article Title

Queen of the Falls


Nicole Clark


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Biography, Niagra Falls, Barrel Riding, Annie Edison Taylor, Poverty

Document Type

Book Review


Aging charm-school teacher Annie Edison Taylor is determined to avoid the poorhouse. With decreased student enrollment at the school, Annie knows she needs a way to replenish her ever-dwindling supply of funds. Her plan? To go over Niagara Falls inside of a barrel! Hoping to make a profit from news coverage and public appearances, Annie hires a manager, and at the age of sixty-two, Annie becomes the first person to travel down the Falls in a barrel. Though Annie’s daring feat never earns her the fame and wealth she hoped for, it is the personal satisfaction that makes the stunt worthwhile.