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Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Rainbow Bridge

 
 
Rainbow Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
1. Rainbow Bridge Marker
Inscription. The Rainbow Bridge, owned and operated by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, was built in 1940-41 to replace the Upper Steel Arch Bridge. Its abutments are 15.1m (50 ft.) above the level of river ice jams. When it was built its 286m (950 ft.) arch was the longest hingeless arch in the world.
 
Erected 1989 by Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.
 
Location. 43° 5.475′ N, 79° 4.189′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on River Road 0.2 kilometers from Hiram Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3K9, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper Suspension Bridge (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (about 120 meters away); The Boundary Waters Treaty (about 150 meters away); Thomas Baker McQuesten (about 210 meters away); The Falls View Bridges (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); To the Memory of Burrell Hecock (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Zimmerman Fountain Pond (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The First People to See the Falls (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Rainbow Bridge viewed from the overlook on River Road with markers for the earlier image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
2. Rainbow Bridge viewed from the overlook on River Road with markers for the earlier
"Upper Suspension" & "Upper Steel Arch" Bridges"
Rainbow Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
3. Rainbow Bridge Marker
Rainbow Bridge Bridge Stone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
4. Rainbow Bridge Bridge Stone
Their Majesties
King George VI
and
Queen Elizabeth
viewed the site of this bridge on June 7, 1939 and laid this stone
Rainbow Bridge Plaque Describing the Bridge Stone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
5. Rainbow Bridge Plaque Describing the Bridge Stone
The adjacent stone monument commemorates the visit of their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to view the site of the Rainbow Bridge on June 7, 1939. Originally laid at the base of the Carillon Tower, it was severly damaged by an automobile and kept in storage until repaired and re-erected at this site in 1999.

The Rainbow Bridge Plaza, opened in 1941, was decorated with panels of low relief stone carving by noted Canadian artists, Florence Wyle and Frances Loring.

Among their works on this site, Wyle designed and executed the panels depicting the stage coach, forest and farms of Ontario. Loring's panels depicted Ontario industries and such Ontario flowers as Daffodils, Lady Slippers and the provincial flower, the Trillium.

The flaring of the Canadian end of the bridge in 1997 covered the location of six of the panels on River Road. These were relocated and are now on view along the immediately adjacent riverside pedestrian walk under the bridge.

These artifacts were relocated and this plaque erected by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.
Rainbow Bridge Markers image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
6. Rainbow Bridge Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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