Saturday, October 13, 2012
See the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet! Or, more appropriately for today, a Ford.
This first photo features the Ford Rotunda in Dearborn, Michigan. This building had it's origins at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair; at the Fair's end, it was moved and rebuilt with more permanent materials in Dearborn, and opened on May 14, 1936. It was intended to resemble a stack of gears. Inside were murals and changing exhibits, and it served as a gateway for tours of Ford's River Rouge plant. The Rotunda closed during WWII, and did not reopen to the public until June 16, 1953, in celebration of Ford's 50th anniversary. That explains the 50 giant candles atop the building in this picture! Sadly, this building was destroyed by a fire in 1962.
This lady in pink is posing in front of the magnificent Niagara Falls. Formed by the same glacial forces that created the Great Lakes (a mere 10,000 years ago), Niagara Falls straddles the border between the United States and Canada, and consists of three separate cataracts; Horseshoe Falls (in Canada), American Falls (guess where!), and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, also in America. Over 6 million cubic feet of water falls over the crest of these cascades each minute! Erosion causes the falls to recede by about one foot each year, and it is said that in 50,000 years they will cease to exist. So you'd better hurry!
I hope you've enjoyed your mini-tour!