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Niagara Falls in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada

To the Memory of Burrell Hecock

To the Memory of Burrell Hecock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
1. To the Memory of Burrell Hecock Marker
the memory of
Burrell Hecock
Cleveland Ohio
Aged 17 Years
Who lost his life in an
heroic attempt to rescue
Mr and Mrs
Eldridge Stanton
of Toronto Ontario
when the ice bridge in
the gorge immediately
below was swept down
the Niagara River
and into the
Whirlpool Rapids
February 4th 1912

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes.
Location. 43° 5.325′ N, 79° 4.404′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker can be reached from Niagara Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario 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 Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away);
"The Ice Mountain, Niagara" image. Click for full size.
By Detroit Publishing Company
2. "The Ice Mountain, Niagara"
This late 19th Century photo, provided courtesy of the US Library of Congress, shows a river-level view (shot from either on the river itself or on the Canadian side of the shore) of the winter build-up of snow and ice that formed an ice bridge below the American Falls.
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. Stanton grabbed another
To the Memory of Burrell Hecock Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
3. To the Memory of Burrell Hecock Marker - Wide View
This view shows the marker along with a partial view the American Falls.
rope as they passed underneath the Lower Bridge. He quickly tied the rope again around his wife's waist but changed his mind and untied the rope, knowing it would be futile. Stanton took his wife in his arms, kissed her and let her down. They both knelt together with his arms around her. The flow remained intact until it reached the giant wave in the rapids and spilled over throwing both into the raging water to their deaths.
(Submitted on August 29, 2010.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,021 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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