The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General view of the Falls from the New Steel Bridge


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Stereographs
Description:
Stereoview of the American Falls with the Horseshoe Falls at the right of the picture. The rounder pilot house on the MAID OF THE MIST suggests that this is the MAID launched in 1885.
Inscriptions:

"(1) General view of the Falls from the New Steel Bridge -- "Maid of the Mist," at landing -- Niagara, U.S.A. Copyright 1903 by Underwood & Underwood"
"Underwood & Underwood Publishers, New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas"
"Works and Studios Arlington, N.J., Westwood, N. J., Washington D.C."

Reverse: "We are standing on the new steel bridge over Niagara River, 190 feet above the water and looking a little west or south, up the river towards Lake Erie. The high cliff at the extreme left, on the American side, is Prospect Point, where a crowd is gathered at this moment to view the Falls and the Rapids above. It is the American Falls that we see just beyond Propect Point. That dark, tree-covered mass of rock beyond is Goat Island; and just this side of Goat Island we see a bit of its precipice has been cut off separate from the rest by the powerful current of the waters -- the smaller portion is Luna Island and the Luna Falls go pouring down between the two islands.The face of the precipice curves inward beneath the Luna Falls leaving behind the 160 foot sheet of water the uneathly hollow known as the Cave of the Winds. Beyond Goat Island we see the gigantic curve of the Hosehoe Falls, 3,010 feet long and 158 feet high, reaching around through the clouds of spray to the farther Canadian shore. (The boundary line between British and American territory is in mid-stream.) It has been estimated that every minute 375,000 tons of water pour over these Horseshoe Falls, and they are wearing away the cliffs, moving back up the stream at the rate of 2.4 feet per year. It was probably only about a thousand years ago that they took their plunge just about where we stand now. Down there below us, at the wharf is the Maid of the Mist at the American landing, taking on passengers who have come down the steep bank by the inclined railway. Its course takes it through those clouds of spray almost to the very foot of both Falls, -- waters falling from 167 feet overhead, and water surging at least as many feet deep under the staunch little vessel.

See special "keyed" maps of Niagara pub. by Underwood and Underwod, also The Niagara Book by Mark Twain, W. D. Howells and others.

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood
Place of Publication:
New York, London, Toronto Canada, Ottawa Kansas
Date of Original:
1903
Dimensions:
Width: 17.8 cm
Height: 8.9 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
75
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
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General view of the Falls from the New Steel Bridge
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General view of the Falls from the New Steel Bridge


Stereoview of the American Falls with the Horseshoe Falls at the right of the picture. The rounder pilot house on the MAID OF THE MIST suggests that this is the MAID launched in 1885.