A Revolutionary Idea

Silk cloth and steam locomotives; textiles and continuous paper rolls; firearms and aircraft engines. What do these things have in common? All were manufactured in the same place - Paterson, NJ.

In 1792, Paterson was established as America's first planned industrial city, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills rose industries that changed the face of the nation.

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This video provides you views of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. NPS Video / Nayeli Garcia Rojas

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72 McBride Avenue Extension
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