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Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Buried Railway Trestle and Buried Gorge

 
 
Buried Railway Trestle and Buried Gorge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
1. Buried Railway Trestle and Buried Gorge Marker
Inscription. The cut stone markers are the ends of a buried steel trestle that carried the tracks of the Niagara Falls Park and River Railway. It spanned the ravine created by Bowmanís Creek which eroded the soft glacial debris of the buried gorge of a pre-glacial river. This buried gorge extends west 3.2 km (2 miles) to the Niagara Escarpment at St. Davids.
 
Erected by the Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 7.43′ N, 79° 4.65′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just north of Whirlpool Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is on the Niagara River Recreation Trail that parallels the parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6V5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Niagara Falls Park and River Railway (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Niagara River Recreation Trail (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Thompson Point (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Whirlpool Rapids Gorge (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Niagara Spanish Aero Car (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Eddy Basin
Historical Marker and Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
2. Historical Marker and Trestle Marker
The cut stone that indicates the north end of the trestle can be seen on the far left next to the trail, just before the trees.
(approx. 1.1 kilometers away in the U.S.); Challenging the Whirlpool Rapids (approx. 1.1 kilometers away in the U.S.); Niagara Gorge Natural History (approx. 1.1 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
More about this marker. Historical marker is located approximately half way between the two cut-stone markers.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Photograph of trestle at the Bowman Ravine. Record of photograph in the Niagara Falls Foundation Collection at the Niagara Falls Public Library. It has this note: “In 1903 the trestle was buried when the ravine underneath it was filled with rock debris excavated from the wheel pit of the Canadian Niagara Power House.” (Submitted on December 10, 2014.) 

2. Niagara Falls Then and Now, Buildings lost, Buildings found. Scroll down to see another photograph of the trestle. “This ravine below the bridge was slowly filled in with tailings from the construction of the Canadian Niagara Power Co. electric generating station pits located just above Niagara Falls. The ravine
Cut Stone Marker Marking South End of Trestle image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
3. Cut Stone Marker Marking South End of Trestle
It can be seen in the distance on the right of the trail. The ground between the two stones was leveled with fill.
was filled by 1903, at which point the bridge was completely buried in the fill. In the photo, stone is already seen dumped at the bottom left. To the right this ravine was filled in, now the Niagara Parkway runs there, as well as part of the golf course. To the left the ravine is still open, dropping quickly and directly to the cul-de-sac of the Niagara Riverís famous Whirlpool.” (Submitted on December 10, 2014.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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