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Tesla monument will get special attention in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS — Work begins this week to reposition the Nikola Tesla monument in Niagara Falls State Park.

The work is expected to be finished in June as part of a $70 million revitalization at the state park.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said the monument to honor the famed inventor will be re-established at Stedman’s Bluff, overlooking the American Falls. Once repositioned within the park, the statue will be more accessible for all visitors and also will provide a good base for photographs and reflection.

The tribute to Tesla, a gift from the people of Yugoslavia to the United States in 1976 as a bicentennial tribute, will serve as a focus of the redesigned Stedman’s Bluff. Tesla is the father of alternating-current and responsible for numerous inventions. He designed the first alternating-current hydroelectric power plant in Niagara Falls in 1895.

Some had hoped to move the monument out of the park and into downtown Niagara Falls.