Terrapin Point, Niagara Falls
Terrapin Point was created by blasting away unstable rock formations and adding landfill in the 1980s to create an ideal location to view Horseshoe Falls. In the 19th century, the area had a series of footbridges that connected some of the largest rock formations to allow tourists to see the falls. For most of the 20th century, however, the area was too unsafe for tourists.
Backstory and Context
The falls were created by the Wisconsin glaciation, the most recent movement of the North American Ice Sheet Complex, a giant sheet of ice that drove it's way through North America, deepening rivers into lakes, and stopping some rivers and lakes completely. The falls are often admired for their beauty and used for power generating possibilities. The falls have provided power to small things, like mills since 1759. Most recently, the fall's power has been used to power homes with the help of a water diversion tunnel put into use in March of 2013.