Niagara’s Great Gorge Trip


Scenic bird’s eye view of the train route around Niagara Falls.

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This is a gorgeous panorama of the Niagara Gorge, with the Canadian province of Ontario in the foreground and the state of New York in the background. As indicated by the text in the cartouche, written by a Native American, there were no accessible roads in the gorge. Sightseers would instead have to take the Niagara Belt Line (or Great Gorge Route), the route for which can be seen boldly in red.

Numerous notable locations along the scenic route are illustrated and labeled on both sides of the river, including portage trails, the whirlpool, historic sites, and battlegrounds. Profiles of the electric rail cars can be found on the tracks, but the more adventurous souls could also take the Aero Car – a cable car system that traverses the whirlpool over 250 feet above the surface.

A decorative border completes this view, which was drawn by C.L. Adams and published by the Whitney-Graham Company of Buffalo in 1930. The Great Gorge Route would ultimately close as a victim of the Great Depression in 1935, and today the old tracks comprise a popular hiking path.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1930

Author: C.L. Adams

Sheet Width (in): 31.80

Sheet Height (in): 8.40

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Faint discoloration and minor wear visible in the bottom margin. Fold lines as issued, and excellent overall.