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Battlefield Tourism

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
1. Battlefield Tourism Marker
Inscription.  Following the close of the War of 1812, because both sides claimed victory here, the battlefield became a popular tourist destination. For many decades, veterans of the battle were available to conduct personal tours. In 1845, the first of five viewing towers was erected, mostly wooden frame structures with a lofty viewing platform overlooking the battlefield. One of these towers were built on this hilltop by Adam Fralick, owner of the adjacent tavern which is now the Battle Ground Hotel Museum.

Fralick’s tower was a prominent landmark in the city, visible for several kilometers. In the late 1800s, the tower was dismantled and replaced with a steel structure known as the Lundy’s Lane observatory. Until 1921, its steam operated elevator whisked visitors to a viewing platform 31 metres (102 ft) high. Interest in the battlefield as a destination waned when the American Civil War provided Americans with new battlefields to visit and other local attractions gained popularity.
 
Location. 43° 5.393′ N, 79° 5.774′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Regional
Battlefield Tourism Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
2. Battlefield Tourism Marker
Municipality of Niagara. Marker can be reached from Lundy's Lane, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6151 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 1T4, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The British Defense (here, next to this marker); Battle Ground Hotel (here, next to this marker); Americans Withdraw (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Gateway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Lundy’s Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); British Retreat (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
More about this marker. An image of a viewing tower appears on the right side of the marker. Next to this is a list of the different towers that once stood nearby. These include: 1) Anderson Tower 1845; 2) McKenzie Tower 1846; 3) Fralick Tower 1850; 4) Durham Tower 1855; and 5) Lundy’s Lane Observatory 1893.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers follow the story of the Battle of Lundy's Lane.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar of 1812
 
Markers in Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
3. Markers in Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Park
Several markers can be found at this location. The Battlefield Tourism markeris the one in the middle in the photo.
Battle Ground Hotel (Fralick's Tavern) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
4. Battle Ground Hotel (Fralick's Tavern)
One of the viewing towers mentioned on the marker was located next to this hotel.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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