248 Route 29. NIAGARA FALLS. Hotels.
of the prominent buildings. The Ingersoll Seargeant Co. (mining
machinery) employs 13,000 men. The Paxinosa Inn (p. 247) is a
favourite summer-resort, 2 M. above the town (electric car).
89'/2 M. Bethlehem, and thence to (451 M.) Buffalo, see R. 34.
— Hence to Niagara Falls, see p. 242. The direct route, diverges
at Batavia (comp. p. 238). — 464 M. Suspension Bridge, see p. 247.
29. Niagara Falls.
Hotels. International Hotel (PI. a; B, 4), $3-5!/2; Cataract Hotel
(PI. b; B, 4), close to the river, with good cuisine, $3-5V2; Kaltenbach
(PL d; C, 4), German, well spoken of, from $3; Prospect House (PI. c:
C,4), well spoken of, $31/2-51/2; Imperial (PI. e; C, 4), $2'/2-4; Tower
(PI. f; B. 4), $ 2'/2-4. The first two are open in summer only. These are all
on the American side, in the city of Niagara Falls. — Lafayette (PI. e;
A, 3), opposite the Canadian end of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, $ 2i/2-3'/2,
open all the year round; Clifton House, being rebuilt.
Railway Stations. New York Central, cor. of Falls St. and Second St.,
also used by the Michigan Central, West Shore, Lehigh Valley, and the
R. W. & 0. railways; Erie Depot, cor. of Niagara St. and Second St. —
The Canadian lines make connection for Niagara Falls at Suspension Bridge,
2 M. to the N.; and there are also stations on the Canadian side at Niagara
Falls (Ontario), Victoria Park, and Falls View (comp. p. 334). — Niagara
Falls, N. Y., is also connected with Suspension Bridge by tramway (Oc).
Carriages. T be former extortionate charges and impertinent demeanour
of the Niagara hackmen have been greatly abated. The rates are $11/2 for
the first and $1 for each addit. hr., with two horses $2 and $l1/2; but
it is always advisable to make a distinct bargain with the driver, and
lower terms than the legal rates may often be obtained, especially by a
party. It should be expressly stipulated who is to pay the tolls in
crossing the bridges; and the driver should be strictly enjoined not to
stop at any of the bazaars or other pay-places unless ordered to.do so.
A single-horse conveyance should not cost more than $ 3 for half a-day
or $5 for a whole day. — Park Vans make the round of the American
Reservation at frequent intervals (fare 25c, for Goat Island 15c), and
passengers are entitled to alight at any number of points and finish the
round by any subsequent vehicle on the same day. — Omnibtis from the
station to the hotels 25 c.
Electric Tramways. The Niagara Falls Park and River Railway runs
along the Canadian hank from Queenston (p. 254; see PI. B, 1) to (li>/a M.)
Chippewa (beyond PI. C, 6; p. 254; fare 45 c), taking li/2 hr. to the trip
and stopping at Brock's Monument (10 c.), the Whirlpool (20 c.), Niagara
Falls Town (25 c), Niagara Falls Park (30 c), and Dufferin Islands (30 c).
The Niagara Gorge Railroad (Great Gorge Route), on the American side,
runs through the gorge and along the brink of the river to (7 M.) Liw-
iston (p. 254; fare 50 c, there and back 75 c.) and thence on to Youngs-
town and (14 M.) Fort Niagara (p. 254; 65c, 85c). — These lines aftord
admirable views of the rnpids, gorge, and falls. Visitors are recom¬
mended to take the Canadian line to Queenston, cross the suspension
bridge to Lewiston, and return on the American side (or vice versa;
round-trip fare $ 1). This is known as 'The International Belt Line'.
Fees. Since the establishment of the American and Canadian National
Parks and Reservations, most of the former extortionate fees have been
abolished; and any visitor who is able to walk a few miles can see all
the chief points at very little cost. Goat Island and all the best views
of the Falls are free; and the only extra expenses which the visitor is
advised to incur are the trip in the 'Maid of the Mist', including the visit
to the Canadian side (50 c), the Cave of the Winds ($1; or the similar trip
on the Canadian side, 50c), and the view of the Whirlpool Rapids (50c;
stop-overs allowed on Electric Lines without extra charge).