Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
To the Memory of Burrell Hecock
the memory of
Aged 17 Years
Who lost his life in an
heroic attempt to rescue
Mr and Mrs
of Toronto Ontario
when the ice bridge in
the gorge immediately
below was swept down
the Niagara River
and into the
February 4th 1912
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1912.
Location. 43° 5.325′ N, 79° 4.404′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Niagara Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls ON L2G 3K9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zimmerman Fountain Pond (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Baker McQuesten (about 180 meters away); Sir Casimir S. Gzowski 1813-1898 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Upper Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Rainbow Bridge (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); International Rainbow Bridge Commemoration (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hennepin View (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
More about this marker. The marker is attached to the southern inside wall of the topmost level of the unnamed observation structure in Queen Victoria Park that is opposite the American Falls. The structure is located along the main pedestrian path, perhaps ~400 meters south of the Rainbow Bridge, or alternatively, ~ 1 km north of the main visitor center.
Also see . . .
1. Ice Bridge Tragedy Marked the End of a Colorful Era Here. Bob Kostoff's Niagara Falls Reporter article (February 8, 2005) telling the story of how Hecock and the Eldridge's struggled to save themselves after the ice bridge across the Niagara broke up, only to be ultimately swept off the ice and to their deaths in the rapids below the falls. (Submitted on August 29, 2010.)
2. Niagara Life and Death on the River. A History of Major Accidents, Tragedies, and Rescues tells a number of stories, including the tragedy of the ice bridge brake up and the attempts in vain of Hecock and the Eldridges to save themselves. One ofthe Eldridge's last moments: ...The Stanton's had watched Hecock's valiant attempts. As the flow swirled under the cantilever bridge, Stanton quickly grabbed the nearest rope and looped it around his wife's waist. As the flow continued and the rope became taunt, it broke. (Submitted on August 29, 2010.)
3. The Niagara Falls Ice Bridge Disaster. A YouTube historian's account of the 1912 Ice Bridge disaster (Submitted on June 4, 2021.)
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