• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Nature & Science

HOW DID THE GREAT FALLS GET HERE?

Learn about the geology of Paterson that created the features that eventually led to the establishment of the city.

 
Basalt cliffs of the Great Falls of the Passaic River
The gorge of the Great Falls showing the basalt cliffs
V. Scott - NPS PHOTO
 

NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK

The Great Falls of Paterson, the centerpiece of this park, became a National Natural Landmark in 1967. Their impressive power was the inspiration for Alexander Hamilton to establish the first planned industrial city in the United States here in 1792.

The National Natural Landmarks Program encourages and supports the conservation of sites that illustrate the nation's geological and biological history, and to strengthen the public's appreciation of America's natural heritage.

Learn more about the National Natural Landmarks Program.

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