"Niagara it ain't" Paterson by CliffClaven

Paterson Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 18 photos

Okay, this isn't Niagara, but with a drop of 25 metres the Great Falls on the Passaic river do claim to be the second biggest falls on the east coast. The potential of the falls for generating electricity was recognised by Alexander Hamilton, who founded Paterson as North America's first planned industrial city in 1792. The city boomed throughout the 19th century, producing a variety of manufactured goods ranging from guns to steam locomotives. Today, Paterson is New Jersey's third largest city. It is located just off Interstate 80, the main highway to the west from New York City.

  • Last visit to Paterson: Jul 2001
  • Intro Written Jun 12, 2002
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2008 at 3:47 AM

    Wow! Didn't know as much about Paterson as I thought. Really surprised to see only one warning tip...hahahaha. Cheers, Cliff!

  • feline01's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2005 at 1:36 PM

    You've learned more about Paterson than I ever knew and I even went on a school trip there as a child and lived a few towns over for a few years. It is truly a historical dump.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 2:34 AM

    I kept hearing in my head - In Paterson that's just the way it goes - If you're black you'd better not show up on the street unless you want to draw some heat - but thinking there are many Paterson's in the States. But this is the Paterson.

  • BuickMackane's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2004 at 10:14 PM

    Paterson had an intriguing history, but today it's extremely dangerous and crime-ridden. Its only distinction now is that leads the nation in the number of permanently disabled residents collecting SSDI/SSI checks.

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2004 at 12:10 AM

    that is your only warning/danger about Paterson? haha. I have never heard anyone call Paterson a destination...I do like the page--have you been to Boston? I didn't see it on your map but I promise,everyone will know your name:)

  • tompt's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 11:56 AM

    What great info on a very unknown place.

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2002 at 6:32 AM

    tks for remembering us abbott and costello..in the laurel and hardy's shadow...without forgetting historic pic about loco!


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