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In upstate New York, the Niagara River is reported as frozen over for three miles above Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, New York, 1857
As cold weather continued in the region, the Niagara River above the Falls in New York was found in the morning to be frozen over for a distance of around three miles. Press reports mentioned people crossing the "ice bridge" in both directions.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Ice Bridge over Niagara River," New York Times, January 23, 1866, p. 1.