Schoellkopf Power Station, Niagara Falls

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Schoellkopf Power Station was built on land owned by Jacob F. Schoellkopf above the Niagara Gorge near the American Falls, 1,600 feet (490 m) downriver from Rainbow Bridge. Understanding the growing need for electricity and the role of harnessing the Falls, Schoellkopf purchased the land for the hydraulic canal on May 1, 1877 for $71,000. After Schoellkopf Sr.'s death in 1903, his sons took over the operation of the power business. In 1918, Schoellkopf's Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company merged with the Niagara Falls Power Company, which was owned by Edward Dean Adams. The Plant was considered by some to be the greatest hydroelectric plant at the time. Much of the site is, as of 2014, occupied by the Maid of the Mist tour boat company as a maintenance area and off-season boat storage yard. The power station remains form a part of a fully accessible tourist attraction associated with Niagara Falls State Park and is connected with its Niagara Gorge hiking trail system.
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  • I was lucky enough to be in the elevator with "local" man who shared lots of information with me. The view up the elevator shaft from down below surprised me in how far we had come down! Learn the...  more »
  • 10 minutes walk from the falls. Provides a nice view of the International bridge and interesting piece of history.  more »
  • Ride the elevator for views along the river. Small trail at the bottom and signs explaining the site.
  • Amazing place, you have to check out the remnants of this power station. Probably one of the coolest hikes you can ever take. The elevator up/down is fantastic!

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