Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Luna Island was once covered with white cedar trees, which were able to withstand harsh winter conditions. In the summer, these trees were filled with the nests of bald eagles and cedar waxwings. Throughout the years, the trees have disappeared because of natural erosion and human activity.
The Luna Island/Bridal Veil Falls Viewing Area was closed in 1954-55 to remove a rock overhang, and again in 1970-72 to stabliize the area. During this period, the Bridal Veil Falls was dewatered, holes were drilled in the island's rock base to relieve water presure, and giant rock bolts, rock dowels, and cable tendons were installed to prevent the occurence of rockfalls. Today, Luna Island provides the closest and most dramatic setting from which visitors can safely view the American Falls.
Luna Island Bridge by George Curtis, ca. 1895. Courtesy of Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY.
Ice and snow grip Luna Island and the Bridal Veil
Engraving of Luna Island, 1882. Image courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library.
Preparation for drilling of rock bolt holes on Bridal Veil Falls channel.
Cable tendon. Rock dowel. Rock bolt.
Location. 43° 4.979′ N, 79° 4.252′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Goat Island Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the north end of Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park to the left of the stairs to the bridge to Luna Island. 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. The Power of Niagara (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nikola Tesla (about 400 feet away); World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant (about 500 feet away); Goat Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nik Wallenda & Niagara (approx. ¼ mile away); Prospect Point Viewing Area (approx. ¼ mile away); Height, Sight, and Flight / The Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louis Hennepin 1626 - c. 1705 (approx. 0.3 miles away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.