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To The River

A new stairway with incredible scenery

 
 
To The River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2016
1. To The River Marker
Inscription.
To The River
A new stairway with incredible scenery
These new stairs leading to the Great Gorge Railway Trail at the river's edge were completed in 2012 by expert trail builders hired by the New York Power Authority and New York State Parks.

The stairs were designed and constructed to blend with the natural landscape using stone quarried in New York State.

They provide an elegant, safe and sturdy path down into the Niagara River Gorge while preserving the natural beauty of the steep, wooded slopes.

Peter S. Jensen and Associates, Tahawus Trails, and Timber & Stone collectively crafted the new stairs, making sure that they will blend in with the natural setting of the Niagara Gorge.

Venturong down the new stairway near the Whirlpool Bridge brings you to the edge of the Niagara River.

Breathtaking vistas of the lush greenery and swirling rapids are available at several spots along the river, including at the foot of the new stairway.

The Great Gorge Railway Trail, acessible by walking down this new stone stairway, is a hiking trail of gentle incline which leads from the bottom of the Niagara River Gorge to the upstream Schoelkopf Overlook area along the Gorge Rim.
 
Erected 2016 by New York Power Authority.
 
Location.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2016
2. Marker & Stairs
Marker is at an overlook parking area immediately south of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge.
43° 6.509′ N, 79° 3.363′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Whirlpool Street and Ontario Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Whirlpool Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Gorge Railway Trail (a few steps from this marker); A Bridge to Freedom (a few steps from this marker); About the year 1600 B.C. ... (approx. mile away in Canada); The Buttery Elevators (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Inukshuk (approx. 0.7 kilometers away in Canada); Gad Pierce Tavern (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); The Carnegie Building (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Park Place Historic District (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Categories. Environment
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2016
3. Marker & Bridges
The rust colored abandoned Niagara Railway Arch Bridge (aka Michigan Central), and behind it, the gray colored Whirlpool Rapids Bridge.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2016
4. Stairs To The River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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