One of the least known facts about Niagara Falls is that its beautiful landscape and raging waters acted as the symbol of America until nearly 1900.
Prior to the Statue of Liberty being erected in 1886, Niagara Falls was the icon used across the world symbolizing America, freedom and opportunity. Up until that time, people had flocked to see Niagara Falls for the same reason they visit the Statue of Liberty now.
Over 100 years later, Niagara Falls continues to be an American icon as the (unofficial) Seventh Wonder of the World, one of the planet's largest energy producers of hydroelectric power, and Honeymoon Capital of the World.
Niagara Falls was a huge part of shaping America's image before the Statue of Liberty, and it will continue to be for many years to come.