Niagara Falls in background. Tower and bridge at center. Three people walking over bridge. Daylight scene. Duplicate title but a night scene – 2004.D03657 (FAC: #4458)
The oldest state park in the nation, Niagara Falls continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Currier & Ives celebrated the beauty of the American landscape by publishing a number of views of the falls including in sunlight, at night, with rainbows and from various geographic points. This work shows the falls from Goat Island, an area of land created 500 years ago when the river encountered an obstacle that caused it to split into two waterways. The island was named for a herd of goats that froze to death on the piece of land in 1780. The American Falls are located on the eastern part of the island and the Horseshoe Falls are located on the western side.