• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson

    Due to landscape improvement project, the City of Paterson closed Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park. Call 973-321-1212 for project info.

A Revolutionary Idea

Cotton & silk for clothing; locomotives for travel; paper for books & writing letters; airplanes, & more. What do they have in common? They all came from the same place - Paterson, NJ.

In 1791, Paterson, America's first planned industrial city, was established, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills would rise industries that changed the face of the United States.

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Did You Know?

Detail of image of L'Enfant at the US Capitol; Credit: Architect of the Capitol

That Pierre L’Enfant, famed engineer of Washington, D.C., was hired to design the city of Paterson? Although he was fired, his raceway designs were later modified and used to direct water to the mills. More...