The Paterson Great Falls National Hisorical Park


The Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is the newest National Park.  Paterson, New Jersey was the first planned industrial city.  Alexander Hamilton looked over the Great Falls and the gears turned in his head.  Hamilton believed that American success depended on the ability to manufacture goods domestically.  He then began the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers (S.U.M.).  The city was named after governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution, William Paterson.  In the 18th century, there was virtually no manufacturing industry in the United States.  With the Passaic River as a power source the second industrial revolution began in this city.

This is where the  The great falls are a sight to be seen.  Overlook Park provides a nice view of the falls.

Paterson in Fall

While you are there be sure to check out the Paterson Museum, which details the industrial history of the Wright brothers plane engines, Samuel Colt, as well as the railroad industry.  All of which resided in Paterson.


The Alexander Hamilton Mixtape, an unofficial history