I-37302.1 | Suspension bridge, Niagara, ON, 1869

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Suspension bridge, Niagara, ON, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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The Niagara Suspension Bridge has received innumerable tributes. In his book, The Prince of Wales in Canada and the United States, the author Nicholas A. Woods describes the experience of crossing the bridge as related by the Prince of Wales on his visit to the country in 1860:

"If he comes to the Canadian side, as most visitors do, he must pass over the beautiful suspension-bridge, which like a web of iron, thin and delicate as a net, spans a tremendous ravine between the cliffs, which on either side hem the rapids in some two miles below the falls. Let him from this, look down the stream. There is quite enough to occupy attention as the mass of deep blue waters rushes madly through the gorge far below him, checked here and there for a moment by a sunken rock, over which they storm and rave and seem to turn upon their hidden enemies in a circle of dreadful whirpools."