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SUMMARY

Since their creation thousands of years ago, the Niagara Falls have captured the hearts and imaginations of all those who witness their endless power and strength. As settlers arrived and began to harness the falls as a resource, the population climbed. Small hamlets, including Bellevue, Clarksville, Schlosser, and Manchester, grew to become the villages of Suspension Bridge and Niagara Falls, which were incorporated in March 1892 into the current city of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls: 1850-2000 depicts the natural beauty of the falls, the emergence of the booming tourism trade, and the advances of electrical technology that have relied on the mighty falls' power. Many hands have crafted and bent steel to span the Niagara Gorge while many others fought to keep industry from turning nature into asphalt. Culled from the archives of the Niagara Falls Public Library's Local History Department, these images represent the people, from those stepping close to the brink in amazement and awe to those who live and work within the roar of Niagara Falls, and places that make up the landscape that is Niagara's past.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
1Niagara Falls State Parkp. 9
2Bridges to the Islandsp. 29
3The Niagara River Gorgep. 41
4Bridges Across the Gorgep. 53
5Winter Wonderlandp. 71
6People and Placesp. 83


AUTHOR NOTES

Paul Gromosiak is a noted Niagara Falls historian, historical consultant, and member of the Friends of Local History. Christopher Stoianoff is the City of Niagara Falls historian and president of the Friends of Local History.