For most of my life I have lived within an hour’s drive of Niagara Falls.
When I was young, we would visit there quite a lot, especially if we had family members visiting us from out of town. I loved taking day trips to Niagara Falls! There were lots of fun things to do.
You could take a ride on the Maid Of The Mist and get up close and personal with this awesome waterfall. You could also go beneath the Falls and watch the watery cascade from inside a man-made cave.
Overlooking the Falls is the Skyline Tower. No sooner would I walk through the sliding doors when vendors would fill my hands with free samples of lavender potpourri and beer nuts. Upper levels held shops, lower levels held an amusement park and arcade.
Other attractions included the Seagrams Tower, Houdini Museum and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
There was however, one attraction which we never got to see.
The Niagara Falls Museum was easily within walking distance from the Falls.
Outside the museum stood a placard advertising to tourists as they drove by in their cars:
SEE A REAL MUMMY
Looking back, I don’t quite understand why we never took the the time to see the mummy. Perhaps we had seen our share from our visits to the museums in Toronto and Washington D.C.
In the 1990’s, the museum was sold, and efforts were made to find new homes for the contents which included a two headed, eight legged calf.
Shortly thereafter, imagine our surprise when news broke that our local mummy was none other than the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses l.
Journalist Laura Ranieri described the Pharaoh in a local newspaper as Niagara Falls’ most famous resident, having lived in the area for about 140 years.
With tongue in cheek, she ended her article with:
“Then again, a century and a half is nothing to a dead king with eternity to kill.”
The two headed cow was purchased by the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum which is located in the Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill area.
Now, if I want to see Ramses, I’ll have to go all the way Egypt where the Pharaoh comfortably resides in the Luxor Museum.
I wish I had visited Ramses while he was still in town.
The one dollar admission would have been cheaper than a trip to Egypt.