Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, New Jersey

The view from standing just across from the falls edge.

Settled in the midst of what could only be described as a dilapidated urban environment is a magnificent natural treasure, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

The presence of a 77-foot-high raging waterfall offers a wonderful oasis among the Paterson cityscape. 

The industrial value of this fall was recognized by Alexander Hamilton, who saw its potential for water power as being an American answer to the British industrial revolution. The result was America’s first planned industrial city.

A statue of Hamilton commemorates his vision for this national natural landmark. Today, the park offers visitors views from multiple levels.

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