Schoellkopf Power Station, Niagara Falls

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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. 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... 
    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. 
    10 minutes walk from the falls. Provides a nice view of the International bridge and interesting piece of history.  more »
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  • Such an awesome place to visit! The crew that works Maid ofthe Mist are the greatest bunch of ppl. Thank you all for your kindness!
  • Very cool checking out what is left of power plant enjoyed hiking in the trails at the bottom of the gorge

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