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Niagara Falls Power Company power generation facility photograph album

1895-1897
 Collection
Accession: 1990-265

Abstract

The Niagara Falls Power Company began in 1890, the power plant harnessed waterpower to deliver electricity to Buffalo, New York. The company's two power stations were closed after more than sixty years of service in 1961. This collection's photographs document the erection of wooden poles for power transmission lines between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. There are also interiors and exteriors of power hosues and transformer buildings.

Dates

  • 1895-1897

Creator

Extent

34 item(s)

Physical Description

34 photographic prints : b&w ; images 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., on sheets 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Historical Note

The story of harnessing the great waterpower of Niagara Falls dates from 1890 when a "power tunnel" was dug to bring the water to a central power station from which it was distributed as electrical energy. Westinghouse built three AC dynamos for Power Station No. 1 located 1.5 miles above Niagara Falls. In 1895 the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company started building Power Station No. 2. The obvious success of utilizing Niagara's waterpower began when electricity was first delivered to Buffalo an impressive twenty-two miles away on November 16, 1898. These two power stations were closed after more than sixty years of service in 1961.

Scope and Content

Half of the photographs document the erection of wooden poles for power transmission lines between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. There are some photographs showing the power houses and transformer building which was designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White; these include exteriors as well as interiors. The latter includes 3 phase rotary AC generators made by General Electric and air blast transformers. There are some photos of the Niagara River Rapids, and two views of the interurban trolley line that was powered by the Niagara Falls Power Company.

Location

Box 1

Existence and Location of Copies

View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Preservation note

The album is now unbound and without covers.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Niagara Falls Power Company power generation facility photograph album
Status:
Author:
Laurie Rizzo
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400