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Luna Island

 
 
Luna Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
1. Luna Island Marker
Inscription. Located between the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, this island was named in the 19th century for the beautiful moonlit rainbows visitors could see here on nights when the moon is full or near full. Caused by the mist from the falls, these lunar bows are rarely visible today because of the decrease in the water's flow and the presence of artificial lights.
Luna Island was once covered with white cedar trees, which were able to withstand harsh winter conditions. In the summer, these trees were filled with the nests of bald eagles and cedar waxwings. Throughout the years, the trees have disappeared because of natural erosion and human activity.
The Luna Island/Bridal Veil Falls Viewing Area was closed in 1954-55 to remove a rock overhang, and again in 1970-72 to stabliize the area. During this period, the Bridal Veil Falls was dewatered, holes were drilled in the island's rock base to relieve water presure, and giant rock bolts, rock dowels, and cable tendons were installed to prevent the occurence of rockfalls. Today, Luna Island provides the closest and most dramatic setting from which visitors can safely view the American Falls.

Luna Island Bridge by George Curtis, ca. 1895. Courtesy of Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY.
Ice and snow grip Luna Island and the Bridal Veil
Luna Island Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
2. Luna Island Sign
Falls in their winter splendor.
Engraving of Luna Island, 1882. Image courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library.
Preparation for drilling of rock bolt holes on Bridal Veil Falls channel.
Cable tendon. Rock dowel. Rock bolt.
 
Location. 43° 4.979′ N, 79° 4.252′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Goat Island Road. Click for map. Marker is at the north end of Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park to the left of the stairs to the bridge to Luna Island. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Power of Niagara (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nikola Tesla (about 400 feet away); World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant (about 500 feet away); Goat Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nik Wallenda & Niagara (approx. mile away); Prospect Point Viewing Area (approx. mile away); Height, Sight, and Flight / The Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louis Hennepin 1626 - c. 1705 (approx. 0.3 miles away in Canada). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
Luna Island Marker and Stairs image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
3. Luna Island Marker and Stairs
Marker at left; stairs to bridge to Luna Island at right.
Reverse View image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
4. Reverse View
Marker is above the woman in the dark jacket.
Luna Island Marker & Pedestrian Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
5. Luna Island Marker & Pedestrian Bridge
Here is the south end of the pedestrian bridge to Luna Island. Note another walkway reaches the bridge here, level with the bridge, between the stairs and the bridge end. This walkway begins far to the east on Goat Island, splitting from the main walkway, and decending to this point without stairs.
Luna Island image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2015
6. Luna Island
The brink of the Bridal Falls is in the foreground. The crowd is on Luna Island. A glimpse of the American Falls can be seen on the far side of the island. The glass observation tower is on the mainland. The Rainbow Bridge international crossing is in the background, linking Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada with Niagara Falls, NY, USA. The river flows north, into the background. The Horseshoe Falls, the main cataract of Niagara Falls, is upstream of the gorge from here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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