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Niagara: 1900

Niagara: 1900

Niagara Falls circa 1900. "Station at foot of incline, American Falls." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

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Incline tramway pics

"Shadow of the Rock," predecessor to the building in the photo.

The observation tower next to the American falls is in just about the same spot that the railway once occupied.

Prospect Park Incline Railway

The railway closed after the cable broke in 1907. A man was killed in the accident.

Incline tramway

Wondering if this was a two car system passing in the middle on separate tracks like you can still see around the world today. I rode on one of these a while back. Gravity was the main power source.

What a coinkydink!

I looked at this amazing photo just before I turned on Ken Burns's first portion of "National Parks." They had the very same picture of Niagara Falls and I really had deja vu. Youse guys are really on the cutting edge, thanks for staying on top of current events and your seemingly sharp awareness, which keeps us fogies on our toes.

Slowly I turned . . .

Many are cold but few are frozen.

Niagara Froze

My one and only visit to Niagara Falls took place on a frigid January day. This photo brings back memories.

Beautiful and Horrifying

Beautiful to look at through the photographer's eyes, but there's no way you could get me to Niagara Falls at that time of year.

Is the ranger in?

I seem to have misplaced my barrel, and I have an appointment up top in fifteen minutes.

Photo Op

Looks like there was more than one camera on the scene that day. It's nice to have today's cameras that fit in a pocket instead of those of a hundred years ago that needed a footlocker for all the supplies.


Unlike the earlier Detroit photo, this one will take two cups of cocoa to get over! Wonderful picture!

Great Picture

Just looking at it can make you feel cold.

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