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The Rainbow Tower is a 50.3 meter (165 foot) tower located at the Rainbow Plaza Canadian border station of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Construction on the tower was completed in 1947. Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls The Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is a world-famous tourist site. ... Niagara Falls, Ontario from Niagara Falls State Park in winter Location of Niagara Falls in the Niagara Region Niagara Falls, Ontario (2001 population 78,815) is a city on the Niagara River, in the Golden Horseshoe region. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


The Rainbow Carillon

The Rainbow Tower houses a carillon -- a musical instrument consisting of a baton keyboard that controls a series of bells. The Rainbow Carillon is sounded four times a day, 365 days a year. It features 55 bells with a total weight of over 43 tons. The instrument is controlled via a series of 55 oak batons and 30 foot pedals. The largest bell, called a bourdon, is 8 feet in diameter and 6.5 feet tall, weighing in at 10 tons. Musically the pitch of this bell is E. [1] The smallest bell in the instrument weighs less than 9 pounds and has a circumference of 5.75 inches. The Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia, USA. A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 cup-shaped bells played from a baton keyboard using fists and feet (such an instrument with fewer than this number of bells is known as a chime). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Look up keyboard in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The bell castings for the Rainbow Carillon were begun in 1941 by John Taylor Bellfounders of Loughborough, England, but interrupted by the onset of World War II. Work on the instrument resumed in 1945 and was completed by 1947. For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... John Taylor Bellfounders is, as of 2004, the worlds largest bell foundry, based in Loughborough, England. ... Loughboroughs carillon Loughborough parish church The Brush engineering works Loughborough (pronounced LUFF-burra or LUFF-bruh) is the largest town in Leicestershire, England (the City of Leicester excluded), the population of the town in 2001 was assesed at 55,492. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


When the tower was built it contained a small apartment for the resident musician (the carilloneur). By the mid 1990s the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission had replaced the resident carilloneur with a fully automated system. The instrument can still be played manually, but is mostly automated to allow for frequent playing. In the past June Hamilton, Robert Donnell, and Leland Richardson have served as carillonneurs at the tower. [2] See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ... The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission international public authority controlling various bridges between Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States. ...


In film

The Rainbow Tower was featured in the 1953 Marilyn Monroe thriller Niagara. Scenes were filmed outside the base of the tower, combined with sound stage footage. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an iconic American actress, singer and model. ... Released in 1953, Niagara is a dramatic thriller with film noir elements. ...


Sources

  • The bells of Niagara have historic ring; REDISCOVERING NIAGARA. Niagara Falls Review. Retrieved on 20 July 2006.

 
 

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