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1969 Film of the American Falls Shut Off

In June 1969, the United States Army Corps of Engineers shut off the American and Bridal Veil Falls as an attempt to make the American side as attractive as the Canadian. The plan was to remove the talus from the base of the falls so the water could fall a greater distance.

During the project, water was sprinkled on the bed of the American Rapids to keep the hot sunlight from expanding the numerous cracks in the rock. Many people were upset to see the falls in such an unnatural state.

By November, the decision had been made to keep the talus, as it would be too costly to remove it, and would give the falls an artificial look. Here is an 8mm home movie filmed while the American Falls was shut off.

Also see: A Day the Falls Stopped in 1848

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  1. Mario says:

    I have never heard of this occurrence. It seems like a horrible thing though. : \\

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