The Rainbow Bridge

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 December 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge, commonly known as the Rainbow Bridge, is an arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge, and is a world-famous tourist site. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west).

The Rainbow Bridge was built near the site of the earlier Honeymoon Bridge, which collapsed on January 27, 1938, due to an ice jam in the river. A joint Canadian and American commission had been considering a new bridge to replace it, and the collapse added urgency to the project.

A design by architect Richard (Su Min) Lee was chosen. The bridge's Rainbow Tower and Canadian plaza are the work of Canadian architect William Lyon Somerville. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, during their visit to Niagara Falls as part of the 1939 royal tour of Canada, dedicated the site of the Rainbow Bridge. A monument was erected to commemorate the occasion. Construction began in May 1940. The bridge officially opened on November 1, 1941.

The origin of the bridge's name is unknown, with one possible source being T. B. McQuesten, then chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission. An engraving on the Canadian side of the bridge includes a biblical quote from the Book of Genesis which references a "bow in the clouds." Regardless of its origin, the NRBC used the name as early as March 1939.

Photo captured from Prospect Point Observation Tower on September 27, 2017.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Handsome bridge and interesting history. For the builders of that bridge, I'm happy to raise my hat as a sign of respect. That construction site has not been easy.

5 Dec 2017 5:35am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique ta prise de vue ..Merci

5 Dec 2017 6:37am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Paysage superbe. 5*****)

5 Dec 2017 6:57am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique pont e tiamge quel rendu sur la falaise de roche
Belle journée

5 Dec 2017 8:20am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

c'est du bon travail

5 Dec 2017 8:49am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle composition ! Merci pour les explications !

5 Dec 2017 9:47am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice view !!

5 Dec 2017 9:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely composed picture of this elegant bridge

5 Dec 2017 10:36am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & lights!
Lovely view !!!!

5 Dec 2017 10:44am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A very beautiful composition . A bridge between two countries it is always a beautiful symbol .

5 Dec 2017 11:38am

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

The sky is so pretty!
Almost pastel like.

5 Dec 2017 12:15pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully composed view!

5 Dec 2017 1:26pm

Remus from Portugal

It seems to be an elegant bridge. It does not cause landscape aberration of the place.
Very nice view.

5 Dec 2017 5:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely image of this handsome bridge and a great story about it.

5 Dec 2017 5:43pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Beee-yooo-tiful !! I love the gentle gradation of hue in this shot, and as usual the framing is impeccable.

5 Dec 2017 7:35pm

Yvon from Belgium

A great picture : bravo.
Have a nice week , Steven.
Yvon.

5 Dec 2017 8:21pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Very nice The rainbow bridge.
Great shot!

5 Dec 2017 8:42pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome pov!

5 Dec 2017 9:03pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

Amazing. I really like that rock on the right. Mother Nature the artist.

5 Dec 2017 10:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is beautiful. I love the history behind it and how it connects the two cities. A spectacular image.

6 Dec 2017 2:01am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Excellent composition, light and tones. Thanks for the info as well.

6 Dec 2017 2:13am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

It's certainly an elegant bridge... Lovely shot of her!

6 Dec 2017 3:02am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nicely framed shot

6 Dec 2017 3:19am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful bridge with an interesting story.

6 Dec 2017 3:42am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

SUPER writeup ad image, Steven!!

6 Dec 2017 4:37am

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful capture of the bridge and river. Excellent composition. :)

6 Dec 2017 8:03am

sherri from Arkansas, United States

fantastic vantage point

what a beautiful scene

6 Dec 2017 2:00pm

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