George Bailey   

The Collapse of the Niagara Falls Honeymoon Bridge

As it starts to get colder in Niagara I thought I’d tell you about something cold weather did here in Niagara Falls in January of 1938.

On January 23rd 1938 huge chunks of ice started to accumulate because of very cold conditions below the falls and against the lower girders of the Niagara Falls Honeymoon Bridge, also called the Falls View Bridge.

Locals knew it was a matter of time before the bridge would collapse and the bridge was closed.

The end of this bridge came on January 27th, 1938 at 4:20 p.m. when the bridge fell into the gorge onto the ice.

Thousands of spectators lined the banks of both sides of the Niagara River and witnessed the collapse .No one was hurt.

However, it wasn’t until April 12, 1938 that the last piece of the bridge sank below the water surface.

In 1941, the Rainbow Bridge, which is just north of the old Honeymoon Bridge, was opened. This bridge which is still here today, sits much higher above the level of the Niagara River than the doomed bridge.

Here are a few photographs taken in Niagara Falls circa 1930’s. The first show a part of the Honeymoon Bridge taken in 1937 before the collapse. The two other photos show the bridge on the ice.