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Niagara Falls, Nature's Throne


Date: 1907



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Vogt, J. Whitney. Niagara Falls, Nature's Throne. Denver [Colo.] : Published by the Williamson-Haffner Co. for J. Whitney Vogt. 1907.


Vogt, J. Whitney (1907) Niagara Falls, Nature's Throne. Denver [Colo.] : Published by the Williamson-Haffner Co. for J. Whitney Vogt.


Vogt, J. Whitney, Niagara Falls, Nature's Throne. Denver [Colo.] : Published by the Williamson-Haffner Co. for J. Whitney Vogt. 1907.

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THE RED MAN'S FACT. This painting in the Cataract House represents a legend of the Indians. They were accustomed to make an offering each year of the fairest maiden in their tribe to the Deity supposed to be embodied in the Raging Water. This year the daughter of the chief has been chosen, and her father may be seen paddling after her in his canoe. Tradition says he followed her into the foaming waters, and his loss caused the abandonment of the custom. Painted by James Francis Brown.

THE WHITE MAN'S FANCY. This painting, by James Francis Brown, m the Cataract House, Niagara Falls, shows a beautiful maiden whose beckoning finger lures one to follow her to her fascinating but dangerous home "amidst the mists."

Copyright 1907 by The Williamson-Haffher Co., Denver, Colorado.

Rapids Above the Falls

This mighty body of water as it leaves Lake Erie rushes along for several miles with an ever-increasing current, until it reaches a point one mile above the falls. Then over a bed of boulders, on an incline of 68 feet, with a sullen roar it plunges and leaps and foams in it's mad race to the precipice.

Prospect Point

From this point, standing on a ledge of rock, within six feet of the brink of the American Fall, is the most terrifying view of the mighty Niagara. The water rushes madly to the precipice and leaps with a roar into the chasm below, where it is dashed into spray, only to again form into a boiling, angry chaotic mass, as it rushes onward through the Gorge.

Steel Arch Bridge and American Fall from Goat Island

From this prominence is seen one of the most interesting panoramic views of the Gorge. Luna Island in the foreground, then the American Fall and Prospect Park. The upper steel Arch Bridge with the lower bridges in the distance, and a clear sweep of the Gorge for more than a mile. This point is 250 feet above the water in the Gorge below.

American Fall from Goat Island

The contour line of the American Fall is seen to the best advantage from this point, and is 1060 feet in length. Goat Island in itself is a beautiful, natural park, covered with a heavy growth of timber and surrounded on three sides by rushing water, with a precipice 200 feet high extending across the lower end. It is connected with the main land at Prospect Park by means of a stone arch bridge which spans the rapids 600 feet above the American.

Terrapin Rock and Horseshoe Fall

From this elevation on Goat Island is presented a strikingly artistic view of the famous Terrapin Rock and Horseshoe Fall. The bridge which is here visible spans a part of the Rapids, one end resting on Terrapin Rock and the other on Goat Island. From Terrapin Rock the contour line of the Horseshoe Fall is plainly visible and is about 2300 feet in length. The height of the Fall at this point is 158 feet.

Below the American Fall

To view the American Falls from below almost fear the terrific power of this stupendous work of Nature. The continuous roll of thunder and the vibration of the rocks as tons of water leap from the precipice 167 feet above produces an awe indescribable.

Beautiful, majestic and inspiring: yet how cruel and cold and terrible to the victim within its grasp.

Rock of Ages

Some poetic fancy which saw in this gigantic mass a symbol of the "Rock of Age" was not far astray. Centuries ago it was hurled to the present place and as the cycles of time have come and gone it stands immovable in the presence of the mighty flood - unshaken by its thunderings and majestic in its mantle of spray.

Bridge to Willow island

Here is obtained a glimpse of placid water, within only a short distance of the angry rush of the rapids, and even beneath its quiet, smiling surface lurks the powerful current waiting to embrace its victim and carry it on and hurl it from the precipice to the rocks below.

Panoramic View from Steel Arch Bridge

In this view the beauty and vastness of the scene holds one spell-bound. The dainty "Maid of the Mist" in the foreground, the inclined railway to the left, the American Fall, Luna and Goat Islands, and last the great Horseshoe Fall presents a marvelous picture from this bridge 192 feet above the water.

Horseshoe Falls from Below

A splendid view of the American Fall is obtained from the Canada side. The Fall presents a really remarkable picture from this point. A small portion only of the river above is visible, but a rich green background of foliage through which appears a part of the City of Niagara Falls, composes a picture which the Art of nature and the works of man blended in perfect harmony.

Terrapin Rock and Horseshoe Falls from Canada

A comprehensive view of the broad expanse of the river above the Horseshoe Falls is only possible from this point. The river Is nearly one-half mile wide, and the water rushes and foams over the rugged boulders of which the river bed is formed. Below the Falls the water is 200 feet deep over which the "Maid of the Mist" pushes her way far up into the boiling, foaming mass.

Horseshoe Falls from Below

The vast sheet of water which constantly pours over the precipice of the Horseshoe is from 20 to 25 feet thick and 2300 feet wide and falls a distance of 158 feet. The thunder of this mighty body of water is like the roar of heavy artillery, and amid all of this confusion there is almost constantly visible a rainbow of exceptional softness, occasionally widening so that the entire sweep of Its prismatic beauty crowns the Falls with a halo of glory.

The Whirl-Pool Rapids

This chaotic mass plunges and foams like some imprisoned monster. Madly whirling, it forms a convex surface rising from three to four feet in the center above the outer surface, occasionally tossing itself high into the air in its angry struggle to once more gain the channel of the Gorge. The depth at this point is problematic, but supposed to be about 300 feet.

Prospect Park in Winter Robes

This is truly the Art Gallery of Jack Frost. Here, with materials supplied by the never failing "mist," Jack Frost models and moulds and crystallizes the tiny particles of moisture into unique and fascinating images, and the soft rays of the winter sun crown the whole with the rarest of jewels. Thus these Master Artists of Nature work in perfect harmony in artificially decorating the winter entrance to "Nature's Throne."

Below American Falls in Winter

Through the brilliant decoration of the entrance to "Nature's Throne," we pass down the inclined railway to the station below the Falls. Here the mysterious Artists of Nature have designed and wrought beautiful festoons and draperies of sparkling crystal and a beautiful mantle of spotless white - symbolical of the purity of the Majesty of Nature.

"Rock of Ages" in Winter

Wrapped in a mantle so delicate in texture and so wonderfully fashioned, the "Rock of Ages" presents in winter a picture of spotless purity as in summer an emblem of time and safety. Ever present is the inspiring influence of the purity and magnitude of the mind of the Creator.

Ice Bridge and Mountain

In winter Niagara is even more interesting than in summer. The many peculiar formations of snow and ice, the green water leaping from the precipice and the mist constantly rising, lends a thrilling enchantment to the scene. The gigantic mass of ice to the right of the inclined railway is called the ice mountain. The ice over which the path leads to the foreground of the picture is known as the ice bridge.

Railway Bridges Which Span the Gorge

The Michigan Central Bridge appears in the foreground, and is 910 feet in length, with double track, and is 192 feet above the water. The Grand Trunk Bridge is 930 feet in length and 190 feet above the water. It also has a driveway and walks beneath the railway track for teams and pedestrians. It seems almost incredible that these slender strands could sustain such weight, but closer inspection reveals the careful workmanship and excellent material used in their construction.

One of the Power Plants

For centuries and cycles of centuries the stupendous power of Niagara rushed along unharnessed, unmolested - wasted. Only within the last quarter of a century has the power been utilized for the benefit of mankind. At the present time there are millions of dollars invested in power and manufacturing plants and millions of horsepower of Niagara's valuable energy are controlled for service.

Maid of the Mist

This graceful little vessel pushes her way against the current into the heart of the seething waters at the base of the Falls, from her deck a view of the Falls is obtained at a distance of only a few yards, a sight never to be forgotten.

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