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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 Tonawonda to criminal hangings that morphed into musical celebrations, there is much more to this storied land than its famous enchantments.
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About the Author
Bob Kostoff is a native of Niagara Falls and was educated in local schools. He graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University. A retired journalist, he worked for the Niagara Falls Gazette in the Lockport Bureau, for the Buffalo Courier-Express and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. While he covered all aspects of the Western New York scene for the newspapers, he researched and wrote hundreds of feature articles on local history. He is the author of several other books, both fiction and non-fiction. He currently writes a local history column for the weekly newspaper, The Niagara Falls Reporter.