Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Site
Experience one of the many wonders of Niagara Falls, USA at the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Site!
Built between 1905 and 1924, the Schoellkopf Power Plant was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. It consisted of offices, gatehouses and other buildings located at the top of the Niagara Gorge. Large turbine-generator stations were found at the base of the site. In order to generate power, diverted water from the Niagara River would flow into a 4,600′ canal which ran through the city to the edge of the gorge.
Although the power plant is no longer in function, visitors can still see this incredible site. With the construction of the Maid of the Mist in 2013, the original elevator shaft from the plant was restored. This project allowed access to the Schoellkopf so that visitors can learn more about Niagara’s greatest wonders.
This attraction is open to the public with no cost to ride the elevator. Because the site is open seasonally, visit the Schoellkopf Power Plant website for information regarding opening dates and operation hours.
“The history behind this place was amazing, especially to see up close and go down to the water and look up. Listen to the movie they show too!”
—Daniel B., TripAdvisor
Take Amtrak to the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Site
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