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Thompson Point

 
 
Thompson Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
1. Thompson Point Marker
Inscription. This depression was the site in the early 1800ís where John Thompson quarried the exposed limestone ridge at the edge of the gorge, and processed it into agricultural lime. There were two lime kilns and a water-powered sawmill on the site which extended as far back as the ridge on which the Whirlpool Restaurant now stands.
 
Erected by Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 7.426′ N, 79° 4.153′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just north of Whirlpool Road when traveling north. Click for map. It can be seen from the access road to the Thompson Point parking lot where it intersects the Recreation Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Challenging the Whirlpool Rapids (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.); Niagara Gorge Natural History (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Welcome to Whirlpool State Park (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Eddy Basin (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Niagara Spanish Aero Car (approx. 0.6
Thompson Point Parking and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
2. Thompson Point Parking and Marker
The lighted kiosk in the center of this photograph is in the depression.
kilometers away); Whirlpool Rapids (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Niagara River Recreation Trail (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Whirlpool Rapids Gorge (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Regarding Thompson Point. It is the terminus for the Whirlpool Aero Car (previously known as the Niagara Spanish Aero Car) but today the car makes a round trip from the other side of the whirlpool without allowing passengers to disembark here.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for J. Enoch Thompson. “One of his trips to Spain resulted in the travelogue Seven Weeks in Sunny Spain. Thompson is also responsible for the Whirlpool Aero Car that continues to run at Niagara Falls. He developed it as a tourist venture, and recruited Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres y Quevedo to design it. The spot the car leaves from is named Thompson Point in his honour.” (Submitted on December 6, 2014.) 
 
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Whirlpool Aero Car's Thompson Point Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
3. Whirlpool Aero Car's Thompson Point Station
Passengers can no longer board or disembark here. The other end, Coltís Point, is also on the Canadian side of the gorge (the river makes a turn here) but the aero car crosses into the United States for a portion of its trip.
View of the Whirlpool from Thompson Point image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
4. View of the Whirlpool from Thompson Point
The aero car is docked at the distant end, Colt Point Station. Click on image to examine.
The Spanish Aero Car over the Niagara Gorge Whirlpool image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
5. The Spanish Aero Car over the Niagara Gorge Whirlpool
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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