Hidden History of Greater Niagara
By Robert D. Kostoff
The Niagara Falls region is known as a popular destination for honeymooners, a standing challenge for any daredevil with a barrel or tightrope and a scenic spot to revel in the sprawling beauty of gardens and, of course, waterfalls. This collection of little-known tales illuminates the fascinating men and women who have been privileged to call this breathtaking area home. Local journalist Bob Kostoff reveals the truth behind political figures like Grover Cleveland, whose alleged illegitimate child was born and raised in Buffalo, and female presidential candidate Belva Lockwood of Royalton, who campaigned in an era when she could not even vote. From illegal women's boxing matches on the water in North Tonawanda to criminal hangings that morphed into musical celebrations, there is much more to this storied land than its famous enchantments.