Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse built the first hydro-electric power plant in 1895 in Niagara Falls and started the electrification of the world


The remaining building of the original power plant (Adam’s Station, Power House No. 3) survived to this day since 1895.

Adam’s Power House No. 3 may be restored to a museum of science.  This facility, in Niagara Falls (New York), is of great historical significance for  our civilization and has to be preserved and restored as a Science Museum.

Nikola Tesla’s Speech at Niagara Falls Opening Ceremony

“We have many a monument of past ages; we have the palaces and pyramids, the temples of the Greek and the cathedrals of Christendom.  In them is exemplified the power of men, the greatness of nations, the love of art and religious devotion.  But the monument at Niagara has something of its own, more in accord with our present thoughts and tendencies.  It is a monument worthy of our scientific age, a true monument of enlightenment and of peace.  It signifies the subjugation of natural forces to the service of man, the discontinuance of barbarous methods, the relieving of millions from want and suffering”
– Nikola Tesla’s speech at the opening ceremony of the hydroelectric power station, January 12, 1897.

Above: The first hydro-electric power plant built by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse in 1895.  These Power Plants started the electrification of the world.  Today, the only remaining building of this National Land Mark Site is shown below.

Above:  Adam’s Station (Power House Number No. 3) in 1895, the only remaining building (still standing) of the old Niagara Hydro-electric Power Plant which Tesla and Westinghouse built in 1895, in Niagara Falls.  This building is in the National Registry as a National Landmark.  Power Houses No. 1 and No. 2 were destroyed.

Above:  Today’s Adam’s Station (Power House Number No. 3) in 2006, the only remaining building (still standing) of the old Niagara Hydro-electric Power Plantwhich Tesla and Westinghouse built in 1895, in Niagara Falls.  This building is in the National Registry as a National Landmark.  This building survived since 1895 and needs to be restored into a science museum.

Above:  George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla.  Seeking to make long distance electric power transmission a reality, they combined their skills, their genius and their belief in a new technology … alternating current.  Together they started a revolution that electrified the world.  A Perfect Partnership.

Above: (Left) Edward Dean Adams, President of the Cataract Construction Company.  (Right)  Lord Kelvin, President of the International Niagara Commission.  Dedication on the photograph: “With kind regards, Kelvin, Nov 22/ 1897”.

Above: Members of the International Niagara Commission.
In the first row, seated from left to right:  Professor E. Mascart, Lord Kelvin, and Coleman Sellers.
In the second row, standing from left to right: Professor William C. Unwin, and Theodore Turrettini.

Above: Section of cable through which first electric current generated in Power House of Niagara Falls Power Co. was transmitted April 16th, 1895.

Above: Adam’s power station with three Tesla AC generators at Niagara Falls, November 16, 1896.

Above: Interior of Edward Dean Adams power station at Niagara, with ten 5,000-horsepower Tesla/Westinghouse AC generator.

Above: Nikola Tesla designed the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls.  This was the final victory of Tesla’s Alternating Current over Edison’s Direct Current.  This is the interior of Power House No. 1 of the Niagara Falls Power Company (1895-1899).

Above: George Westinghouse and his wife at Niagara Falls in the 1890s.

Above: Nikola Tesla participated with his patents in the construction of the first big generators for polyphase currents as testified by the plate from one of the generators of the Niagara Plant (1895) which lists 13 of Tesla’s patents, all used in the construction of Niagara Falls Power Plant.

Above: Niagara Falls Power Company congratulates Nikola Tesla on his 75th birthday, July 10, 1931.

Above: Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company congratulates Nikola Tesla on his 75th birthday, July 10, 1931.

Tesla-Westinghouse Niagara Falls Power Plant (1895) – the history of the Niagara Falls Power Plant

“From Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity Exhibition” by the
Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade

Above: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at the age of 38.

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