Historically, the name referred to a large shelf of rock which jutted out from the Canadian shore, located just north of the present observation and commercial complex. Revealed in the mid-1700s as the Horseshoe Falls receded, Table rock was the first major vantage point for tourists of the early and mid-1800s. In 1818 the first part of the rock collapsed, followed by minor rock falls in 1828 and 1829. The most notable rock fall occurred in July, 1850, wen roughly one-third of the point collapsed into the Niagara Gorge.
J. G. Holland Scribner's Monthly, An Illustrated Magazine for the People (New York, NY: Scribner & Co., 1874)