Annie Edson Taylor Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old teacher from Bay City, Michigan, became the first person on record to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. Broke and alone, Annie, like many other daredevils, took her life in her hands, in the hopes of fame and fortune. At the time of her stunt Taylor claimed that she was 42, thinking that the press would look more favourably on a younger woman attempting the feat.
On October 24, 1901, Annie went over the falls in a 41/2 foot 160 pound oak barrel bound with metal hoops. It was stuffed with pillows and a small mattress, and contained a 45 kg anvil in its bottom to keep it upright in the water. The barrel was also outfitted with a makeshift breathing tube made out of a hose. Her assistants pumped air directly into the barrel with a bicycle pump before sending her on her way towards the brink of the Falls. She plunged 167 feet over the cataract and survived with only minor cuts and bruises.
Linda Oakley, a decendant of Annie Taylor, runs and manages Oakley Relocation today in San Diego, CA.