The Niagara Belt Line - Around and Through the Niagara Gorge.
1910 (undated) 8.5 x 32 in (21.59 x 81.28 cm)
This is an extremely attractive c.1910 panorama of the Niagara Falls by the Gies Company. This bird’s eye view style map depicts the Niagara Gorge and the Great Gorge Route or the Niagara Belt Line. Along the way, several important monuments are illustrated. Some of these include Brock’s Monument, Whirlpool Rapids, Devil’s Hole, Niagara Falls, table rock, etc. The route of the Niagara Belt Line is illustrated with orange trail cars.
In 1895, the International Railway Company founded The Great Gorge Route scenic attraction, a electric trolley belt line that surrounded the Niagara Gorge. Both the Canadian and American routes are depicted here. In Canada, the route ran from Niagara Falls to Queenston, while the American route ran from Niagara Falls to Lewiston. Considered one of the most scenic routes in the world, visitors riding the belt line could witness exceptional views of the whirlpool rapids, Devil’s Hole, the Narrows and the Giant Rock, among other attractions. The route was shut in 1935 following the Great Depression. Today, visitors can hike the Niagara Gorge Trail, which follows the now abandoned track lines.
Verso of the view includes detailed information and photographs about the belt line and the falls. This map was issued by The Gied Company, Buffalo.
Very good. Some wear and toning along original fold lines, with minor tears along edges. Tape repair on recto near right margin. Minor repair over bottom margin near 'whirlpool'.