OTD: Whirlpool Rapids Bridge connects Niagara Falls with New York

On today’s date in 1897, the new Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (formerly known as the Lower Steel Arch Bridge) opened for traffic, joining the Canadian province of Ontario with the U.S. state of New York.

In September 1991, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission issued a copper-in-steel token depicting a bridge scene on the obverse and a list of three bridges crossing the Niagara River on the reverse. The token has a diameter of about 25 mm.

The 329-metre-long bridge was built by the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Co. and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Co. to replace the older suspension bridge. Construction began on April 9, 1896 and was completed on Aug. 27, 1897. In 1959, the bridge was acquired by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, which later issued the aforementioned token.

FOILED ATTACK

In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police foiled a terror attack that was planned for the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, which is still in use by Via Rail. Last year, both Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were sentenced to life in prison for their role in planning the thwarted terror attack. At the sentencing, the judge noted neither Esseghaier or Jaser had renounced their extremist beliefs and expressed doubt on their prospects for rehabilitation.

Leave a Reply

Keep up to date with the numismatic community

Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Canadian Coin News

Canada

Canadian Coin News is Canada's premier source of information about coins, notes and medals.

Although we cover the entire world of numismatics, the majority of our readers are Canadian, and we concentrate on the unique circumstances surrounding collecting in our native land.

Send Us Your Event

Running an event? Send it to us and we will display it on Canadian Coin News!

Submit Event →

Subscribe To 26 Issues For Just $47.99/year

Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.

Subscribe Now

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.