Niagara Falls in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
Niagara Spanish Aero Car
The Niagara Spanish Aero Car was designed by Leonardo Tores Quevedo and represented a new type of aerial cable way that he called “transbordador.” Officially opened on August 8, 1916, it is the only one of its kind in existence.
Erected 1991 by The Niagara Parks Commission, Ontario.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 43° 7.112′ N, 79° 4.12′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is on Niagara Parkway south of Victoria Avenue, on the right when traveling north. It is in the viewing area between the Aero Car ticket windows and the gift shop building just outside the covered pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3850 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 3E8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Whirlpool Rapids Gorge (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Eddy Basin (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Whirlpool Rapids (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Niagara Gorge Natural History (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Challenging the Whirlpool Rapids (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Welcome to Whirlpool State Park (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Thompson Point (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Niagara River Recreation Trail (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
Regarding Niagara Spanish Aero Car. The aero car has a perfect safety record, and an auxiliary engine for use in the event of electric motor or power failure. Except in training exercises, the 4 passenger rescue car has never been used.
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1. Whirlpool Aero Car - A History. Excerpt from first-person account: “Perhaps the most interesting note is that the original ‘rescue device’ for the Aero car was a two wheeled bicycle device. The wheels ran on one of the cables. The frame, seats and pedals where below the wheels. The pedals drove a long chain that turned one of the (Submitted on December 6, 2014.)
2. Information Sheet on the Niagara Spanish Aero Car. This one-page PDF file gives the specifications and history. It includes a photograph of the original car. (Submitted on December 6, 2014.)
3. Atlas Obscura Entry for Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aerocar. “Niagara Falls has long been associated with daredevil stunts of varying levels of bravery or lunacy. In the summer of 1975, a French high wire artist named Henri Rechatin arrived in the predawn hours with his wife, a specially modified motorcycle, and a moto-cross driver with no previous high-wire experience. At 6:30 am they set out across the Aerocar cable, Henri balanced above, his wife Janyck hanging below by her feet. When the wind picked up, Henri walked the final 15 feet to the northern terminal, pulled the motorcycle in, and waited in the Aerocar (Submitted on December 6, 2014.)
4. Wikipedia Entry for Leonardo Torres y Quevedo. “It has been commonly assumed ... that [Englishman] Charles Babbage’s work on a mechanical digital program-controlled computer, which he started in 1835 ... [was the] forerunner to the modern digital computer. ... Torres Quevedo demonstrated twice, in 1914 and in 1920, that all of the cogwheel functions of a calculating machine like that of Babbage’s could be implemented using electromechanical parts. His 1914 analytical machine used a small memory built with electromagnets; his 1920 machine ... used a typewriter to receive its commands and print its results.” (Submitted on December 6, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on December 11, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 6, 7. submitted on December 7, 2014.