Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Opinion

July 5, 2014

NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: The mystery of the mini Falls model

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It is that time of year again and tourist season is in full swing. Of the many visitors to Lockport, most have already been to or are on their way to Niagara Falls. Back in the 1920s a visit to the Falls included a visit to the Adams Power Plant on Buffalo Avenue. With electricity being so new, people were fascinated by how it worked. People came in cars and tourist buses to see this amazing feat of technology.

After touring the plant, visitors could take a short walk to an area behind the building. Here they could behold a miniature scale model of the upper rapids, all three waterfalls, Goat Island and the Niagara Gorge. Photographs of this model show that it was quite detailed and that it was a fully operating facsimile of the real Niagara Falls.

Why this model was constructed, where it actually was located and what happened to it are all questions that need to be answered. The answer to the first question was easily found on pages 26 and 27 of Niagara Power, Vol. 1 by Edward Dean Adams. The answers to the other questions are still unknown.

In 1926, John Lyell Harper wrote an article titled “The Suicide of the Horseshoe Falls,” about the erosion that had, and was, taking place on the Canadian side of the Falls. In it he noted that the crest of the Horseshoe Falls “is receding at the point of greatest erosion, at the rate of approximately 8 feet per year, while on the sides and heel almost no recession is noted.” The model of the Falls was built precisely to examine this phenomenon. 

In a 1924 report it is stated “during 1923 and 1924 there was built, under Mr. Harper’s direction, a scale model of the Niagara River including the upper rapids and the cataracts. Here experiments have been conducted in stream control. Remedial works of different types have been built upon the model to determine the increase that may be made in the economic utilization of Niagara while assuring the maintenance of its sublime scenery.”

Text Only
Opinion
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.