Saturday, March 15, 2014

Great Falls of the Passaic River, Paterson, New Jersey

I discovered this amazing site from the NYT Magazine (3.3.13) in an article "Close Encounters" in which local photographers were asked to find local escapes.  This is apparently the largest waterfall east of Niagara Falls with a 77 ft drop.  It is in downtown Paterson and since 2009 has been a National Historical Park.  Alexander Hamilton visited the Falls in 1778, and selected the site as the nation's first planned industrial city, as Secy of Treasury.  In 1791 he found the Society of the Establishment of Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.).  Silk mills and the Colt Revolver (1837) used the Falls.  William Carlos Williams described the Falls in his book Paterson

power plant under restoration


note rainbow in the mist


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