New York Architecture Info
Niagara Falls
The Niagara River between Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Niagara Falls, New York
Basic Information
Type Natural Architecture
Maximum height 176 feet/53 meters
Neighborhood: Niagara Falls
More Information
  • 1678: Father Louis Hennepin, a French missionary, becomes the first to document the presence of Niagara Falls.
  • 1757: Daniel Chabert Joncaire builds a sawmill at Niagara Falls.
  • 1860: People start illuminating the falls at night. At the time it was done with flares. Later with floodlights.
  • 1882: The Schoellkopf Power Station is built.
  • 1895: The first hydroelectric power station is constructed at Niagara Falls. It could only transmit electricity 300 feet.
  • 1896: Nikola Tesla develops a technology allowing him to transmit electricity from the falls to Buffalo, New York.
  • 27 January, 1938: The Honeymoon Bridge collapses because of a build-up of ice in the river below. 7 June,
  • 1956: The Schoellkopf Power Station collapses into the river when it is hit by a rock slide triggered by a small earthquake.
  • 1958: The Sir Adam Beck-Niagara power station is constructed on the Canadian side.
  • 1963: The Robert Moses-Niagara Power Plant is constructed on the American side.
  • 1969: In a US$1,500,000.00 project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds an earthen dam to shut off the American Falls and study erosion problems. It is decided to let nature take its course.