Collapse and Demolition of Falls View Bridge
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Newspaper clippings with black and white photographs of the Falls View Bridge in Niagara Falls after its collapse in 1938.
Scrapbook sheets measuring: 24 x 25, 15 x 30 and 25 x 30cm.
Date of Original:
1938
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QC00635
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English
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AS DYNAMITE COMPLETED DEMOLITION OF FALLS VIEW BRIDGE

The story of the dynamiting of the wreckage of the Falls View Bridge in the Niagara gorge is told in pictures above. At the left top are shown workmen of the Jesse L. Baugh and Son company, of Indianapolis, engaged in the ticklish task of lowering dynamite down the Canadian bank of the gorge. Nearly half a ton of explosives was necessary to break the bridge into four sections and the dynamite had to be lowered into the gorge in boxes attached to a rope. At the top right is shown part of the crowd which assembled along the Canadian bank

Friday afternoon awaiting the blast. Thousands of persons on both sides of the river were disappointed when the contractors, fearing possible injury to spectators postponed the blast until 2:26 o'clock Saturday morning. The picture at the lower left shows the bridge wreckage after the blast, very little difference in the appearance of the structure being noticeable. At the lower right a workman is, shown pulling the switch which set off the blast that broke windows and shook buildings in the vicinity of the bridge and awakened residents for miles around.

DISTORTED STEEL AND TIMBER STILL STRETCHES FROM SHORE TO SHORE

In exactly eight minutes' time the value of Falls View International ridge dropped from an estimated $2,000,000 to $30,000 Thursday afternoon. The entire bridge pulled away from its moorings and fell near-

200 feet to the ice jam below in one movement, eye-witnesses

claimed. Today it lies in a dozen broken sections still stretching from Canada.to the United States, but now only a mass of scrap. Two small boys went the length of it almost before the clouds of snow had cleared from the gorge, only to be arrested by border patrolmen, then sent home. Except for the points at which the flooring cracked, most of the bridge went down in whole pieces. From the air it resembles a giant roller-coaster. As may be seen, the bridge pulled clear away from the gorge rim, leaving the banks free from debris.

CAMERA CATCHES ACTUAL COLLAPSE OF FAMOUS FALLS VIEW BRIDGE

One of the most unusual photographs ever taken is the above exclusive picture of the collapse of the famous Falls View bridge which surrendered after a long battle against the great ice jam and toppled into the gorge shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Th picture was obtained by the cameraman who was standing at Prospect Point and had his camera trained on the structure, snapping his shutter at the instant that the bridge was falling towards the ice bridge. Still hanging in the air above the [...] may be seen snow

from the floor of the bridge which was left suspended when the span fell away beneath it. Parts of the bridge are shown just about to strike the ice mounds below while other sections are shown still high in the air.

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Collapse and Demolition of Falls View Bridge


Newspaper clippings with black and white photographs of the Falls View Bridge in Niagara Falls after its collapse in 1938.
Scrapbook sheets measuring: 24 x 25, 15 x 30 and 25 x 30cm.