So we are in the Robert Moses Niagara (Hydroelectric) Power Plant North of Niagara Falls, NY on the Niagara River. There is a great and free facility to discover how electricity is made and processed. You can take a tour of the facility and play with all the hands on exhibits on electricity and watch movies in several locations. On the wall above is a huge long mural depicting Niagara Falls as it was in pre-colonial times with the Native Americans and frontiersmen interacting. It looks like a religious moment with a balance of diplomacy and weapons. This was at one time the Western Frontier or the great West until the rest of the country opened up.
The Mural is of Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls. It is a very large painting on the wall by Thomas Hart Benton. “It is of the first recorded non-native sighting of the Falls that took place in 1678, when a Recollet father by the name of Louis Hennepin stood on the edge and marvelled at what he must have felt was one of God’s natural wonders. He went on to write a book about his travels—Description de la Louisiane—which was widely read in Europe. His name is now on parks, streets and other memorials throughout the Niagara Region.” (From Mural)
Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist that lived from 1889-1975. His works are famous and now in the Smithsonian Museum and many others.