Niagara Falls Power Company power generation facility photograph albumCreation: 1895-1897
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.
- Creation: 1895-1897
- Niagara Falls Power Company (Organization)
34 photographic prints : b&w ; images 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., on sheets 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
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.
Existence and Location of Copies
View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
The album is now unbound and without covers.
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- Niagara Falls Power Company power generation facility photograph album
- Laurie Rizzo
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