Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant
Location. 43° 4.905′ N, 79° 4.262′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Goat Island Road. Marker is located on the Power Portal arch at the north edge of the Goat Island Parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Power Portal (here, next to this marker); The Power of Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); Cave of the Winds Elevator Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area (about 400 feet away); Cave of the Winds and Bridal Veil Falls (about 400 feet away); The Cave of the Winds (about 400 feet away); Goat Island (about 400 feet away); Nikola Tesla (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
More about this marker. Goat Island is paid parking. There are separate vehicle and pedestrian bridges to the island.
Regarding World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant. There are other plaques on the Power Portal arch pictured on this panel.
Text of The Power Portal Plaque: The construction of larger and more efficient electric generating stations at Niagara made the original Adams Plant obsolete. It has been demolished. The main entrance to this first powerhouse with the legended Indian medallion by Frederick McMonnies in the fan arch above the doorway was taken down piece by piece and re-erected here. The cost of materials was met by subscription from interested corporations, individuals and associations. The site was made available by the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission. On a voluntary basis, the Builders' Association of Niagara Falls furnished
Text of Birth of Hydro Electric Power tablet: To the engineers, financiers, scientists, whose genius, courage and industry made possible here the birth of hydro electric power and created the first five thousand horse power water turbines directly connected to alternating current generators and inaugurated in America long distance transmission of power by electricity. Erected by The Niagara Falls Power Company MCMXXIV. This tablet replaces the original which was lost. 1966.
Text of Adams Hydro Electric Power Station plaque: Edward Dean Adams Hydro-Electric Power Station Number One. Inaugurated August 26, 1895 by The Niagara Falls Power Company.
The Tesla statue was a gift from Yugoslavia for America's Bicentennial.
Also see . . .
1. Adams Power Plant Transformer House - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Niagara Falls State Park. Goat Island is part of Niagara Falls State Park (Submitted on June 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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