Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-C-Lewiston, ranking member on the Assembly's parks, recreation and tourism committee, is working with local officials, area historical groups and concerned citizens to create a comprehensive Tesla historic site in Niagara Falls. Ceretto said a world-class Tesla museum and historic site would be another positive step toward rebuilding Niagara Falls as a first-class tourist destination.
"Nikola Tesla was one of the great innovators of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Niagara Falls was the site of his - and one of mankind's - greatest achievements," Ceretto said. "With a new museum opening on Long Island, and interest in Tesla at an all-time high, now is the time to expand upon our existing memorial and open up a tourist attraction that commemorates the first successful widespread use of electricity in the world.
"By creating a comprehensive Tesla museum and historic site from existing attractions, I believe we can create another venue that will help to further revitalize our local tourist industry and bring more jobs and revenue to our region. I look forward to working with local and state officials to get this important project done."
Ceretto said Niagara Falls is home to the greatest technological achievement of the modern-era - the mass production of electrical power - with the hydroelectric plant constructed by Tesla. This marvel harnessed the power of the falls and proved alternating current was the pathway to providing reliable, safe electricity to the world.
Tesla's career-defining success in crafting this plant is currently commemorated on Goat Island (Niagara Falls State Park) with a statue. The plant, no longer in use, still remains in Niagara Falls, ready to be seen, Ceretto said, by the millions of people who come to the region each year.
Ceretto said the new museum and historic site should incorporate both the Adams Plant and the Tesla statue that currently stands on Goat Island. The Adams Plant was built in 1895 and was the first facility in the world to create alternating electricity. Tesla, who teamed up with Westinghouse to build the Adams Plant, invented alternating current.