A Victorian Daredevil Whose Daring Stunt Will Leave You Speechless

2. Taylor eventually concluded that in order to avoid the poor house or the streets, she needed to do something dramatic to secure her fortunes. In 1901, she had an idea: she would perform a massive daredevil stunt by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Taylor eventually concluded that in order to avoid the poor house or the streets, she needed to do something dramatic to secure her fortunes. In 1901, she had an idea: she would perform a massive daredevil stunt by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Taylor signed with an agent, Frank Russell, to make her dream a reality. The pair then began to work with public officials in Niagara Falls to secure permission for Taylor’s stunt. Officials only agreed to let Taylor attempt it after a test run with a cat inside a similar barrel. The cat survived with only a minor head wound, much to the surprise of the local government.