By turns a family drama and an action-adventure story, The Age of Daredevils chronicles the lives of the men and women who devoted themselves to the extraordinary sport of jumping over Niagara Falls in a barrel—a death-defying gamble that proved a powerful temptation to a hardy few.
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These stories fascinate me because my great-grandfather's cousin Stephen Peer walked Niagara Falls on a tightrope, and has the dubious distinction of being the only tightroper walker to fall to his death. You can read his story on my blog at Stephen Peer, Tighrope Walker of Niagara Falls in Carnival of Genealogy “I read it in the news!”