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Bridges of Niagara

International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

 
 
Bridges of Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
1. Bridges of Niagara Marker
Inscription. Since 1848 many bridges have spanned the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls. The design and construction of these bridges was necessary for the economic development of the Niagara Falls area. The demand for safe and convenient crossings was easily apparent. This need provided a great challenge to civil engineers and to the development of bridge engineering technology. The successful crossing of the gorge required the skill of many engineers willing to take risks and extend their engineering knowledge beyond established limits. Their foresight and intuition contributed to the refinement and advancement of design techniques for suspension and arch bridges. Niagara Suspension Bridge - 1848; Lewiston & Queenston Suspension Bridge - 1851; Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge - 1855; Niagara Falls and Clifton Suspension Bridge - 1869; Niagara Cantilever Railway Bridge - 1883; Niagara Railway (Whirlpool Rapids) Arch Bridge - 1897*; Falls View (Honeymoon) Arch Bridge - 1898; Lewiston & Queenston Suspension Bridge - 1899; Michigan Central Arch Bridge - 1925*; Rainbow Arch Bridge - 1941*; Lewiston-Queenston Arch Bridge - 1962* * Currently in use. American Society of Civil Engineers 1852 CSCE SCGC Designated 1992 Dedicated 2005 Presented by The American Society of Civil Engineers and The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
 
Erected
Northward View Bridges of Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
2. Northward View Bridges of Niagara Marker
The marker is on the boulder left of the railing just beyond the shade. The gorge is immediately left of the boulder. To the right is the decommissioned section of the Robert Moses Parkway and the maintenence and operations area of the Rainbow Bridge owner, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. It is also the back side of the Duty Free store. The orange girder structure in the distance is a heliopad for a seasonal tourist operation.
2005 by The American Society of Civil Engineers and The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 43° 5.347′ N, 79° 3.878′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Touch for map. Marker is on the paved footpath along the rim of the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls State Park (Niagara Reservation State Park), adjacent to the north side of the Rainbow Bridge and the decommissioned section of the Robert Moses Parkway that ducks underneath the apron of the Rainbow Bridge. 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. Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Falls View Bridges (about 600 feet away); The First People to See the Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hennepin View (approx. 0.2 miles away); Niagara's Industrial Beginnings and the Establishment of the State Reservation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town of Niagara Civil War Memorial (approx. mile away); First Presbyterian Church
Southward View Bridges of Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
3. Southward View Bridges of Niagara Marker
Marker is on the boulder to the right. The decommissioned section of the Robert Moses Parkway is to the left. Ahead is the Rainbow Bridge apron. Beyond the apron and unseen is the Falls View Bridges marker. See the security camera in this picture?
(approx. mile away); Height, Sight, and Flight / The Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
More about this marker. To reach the marker, follow the directions to the Falls View Bridges marker. Pass the Falls View Bridges marker, walking north and under the apron of the Rainbow Bridge.
 
Regarding Bridges of Niagara. Please see the photo captions, links, and the links on the Falls View Bridges marker page for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Bridges - Rainbow Bridge. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Historic Bridges - Michigan Central Railway Bridge. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Historic Bridges - Whirlpool Rapids Bridge. Also refered to as The Lower Bridge, meaning farther downstream. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Rainbow Bridge to Canada and Bridges of Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
4. Rainbow Bridge to Canada and Bridges of Niagara Marker
Overview of Bridges of Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
5. Overview of Bridges of Niagara Marker
Northward View of Gorge and Bridges of Niagara Marker Boulder at Extreme Right image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 17, 2014
6. Northward View of Gorge and Bridges of Niagara Marker Boulder at Extreme Right
There are actually two bridges next to each other in the distance, downriver. The rust colored bridge is the Michigan Central Bridge. Since the dedication of the marker, the Michigan Central Bridge is no longer in use. It was built wide enough to carry two tracks. Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) sold their active right of way to the bridge to the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which had long sought to banish the CP from running freight trains through the dense tourist area. The gray colored bridge behind the Michigan Central is the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, owned by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and restricted to NEXUS member travelers. The upper deck of the Whirlpool Bridge is a rail crossing recently bought by Amtrak from Canadian National Railway (CN) which had filed to abandon it. CN uses the International Railway Bridge in Buffalo to cross the Niagara River, and CP negotiated trackage rights over the International Railway Bridge before it could abandon the Michigan Central Bridge and sell the right of way on the Canadian side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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