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Schoellkopf collapse

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 11th 2011 03:10 pm
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Carl Reisig answered questions from the crowd when he spoke to the Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY last month at the Wheatfield Community Center. He told of the history of the Schoellkopf Power Plants in the Niagara Gorge, the gradual appearance of signs of trouble, and the ultimate collapse on June 6, 1956. Reisig said he and a companion figured they were smart when they decided to go the city sewer plant down river, and from there take an elevator to the top, but the power was out there, too, so they followed the route of the old Gorge Railroad to the top. (photo below by Walt Bissett) Also shown (picture No. 2) is one of the old photographs on display.

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