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Solon Myron Napoleon Whitney, son of Parkhurst Whitney, owned the Cataract Hotel for more than 50 years with his brothers-in-law Dexter Jerauld and James Trott. All of them hired African Americans as waiters. Many of these waiters had born in the South and had likely escaped from slavery. The house is architecturally significant, associated with both the history of tourism and industrial development in Niagara Falls, and also is one of the few surviving structures in the City associated with the Underground Railroad.
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