Annie Edson Taylor: The First Woman To Go Over Niagara Falls In A Barrel
The name Annie Edson Taylor probably doesn’t mean anything to you. However, she helped inspire a long line of people who have attempted completely insane feats for fame and fortune. In 1901, Taylor, a former charm school teacher, elected to climb into a wooden barrel and fall the hundreds of death-defying feet over Niagara Falls.
A scant few daredevils ever reach their end game of notoriety like Evel Knievel or Houdini. Unfortunately, Taylor’s dream of financial security and widespread acclaim never came to fruition. Nevertheless, her tale of challenging Niagara Falls in a pickle barrel remains an incredible one.