An article on the wire-walk at Seneca Park appeared n the Rochester Union and Advertiser on May 29, 1897 page 15-1. Several pictures were included. The quality of the pictures taken from the microfilm was not adequate to determine of location of the wire.


Young Wire-Walker Concludes
His Engagement

Sails from Montreal for England
on Thursday, to Remain
a Year.

Thousands Have Seen the Young Fellows
Daring Feats Over the River
at the Park.

James Hardy Blondin, the young man who for two weeks past had been daily giving exhibitions of tight rope walking over the river 220 feet above the water, on a wire stretched from Seneca Park East to Seneca Park West, a distance of over 900 feet, concluded his engagement this afternoon. He will take his cable down on Monday, and on Tuesday night leave for his home in Toronto. On Wednesday he will leave there for Montreal, from which he will sail in company with 700 Canadian militiamen, who are going to England to help celebrate, Queen Victoria's jubilee, for Liverpool. He has engagements in England and on the continent which will keep him busy for over a year. Young Hardy, or Blondin, as he prefers to be called, on account of the association of that name with high wire performances, is a daring and clever man at his chosen work. There are few if any men in the business who can do the many things as he can on the wire. He stands in his head, does a pole squat counted most difficult, runs, dances, walks backward and sideways, does wonderful feats on a trapeze, and lies on his back, all on the swaying wire hundreds of feet in the air. Thousands of Rochester people have held their breath as he did these things. It was indeed a moving sight. The young man's first appearance will be made in England in Liverpool. During the celebration of the jubilee he will be in London. A number of picture of him while on the wire at Seneca Park taken with a No. 4 cartridge kodak, are here presented.

E.B. Jackson, Blondin's manager is a man of world-wide reputation as a manager of rope walkers. He is an old newspaper man and has a wide and varied experience in life. He was born in London and lived there up to seven years ago, when he went to Australia and then to Canada. Soon after his arrival in Toronto he saw young Calverly walking in a back garden and at once recognized his value as an attraction. He managed when he walked at Niagara Falls, Ontario Beach and other places in this country and Canada and when Calvery retired from the business took up young Blondin. Col. Jackson is a man of good business head, a smooth talker and is known from one end of the United States to the other, in Canada, and in England. His many friends will wish him luck in England.

Picture of wire walker holding balancing beam and a desk and chair
Picture of wire walker from a distance
Picture of wire walker, possibly doing hand stand