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Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Great Falls Raceway and Power System

National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark

 
 
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By Doran Howitt, April 3, 2013
1. Great Falls Raceway and Power System Marker
Inscription. Alexander Hamilton, with great vision, prompted the incorporation of the "society for establishing usefull [sic] manufactures" in 1791 to start America's economic and industrial independence. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, engineer and planner of the nation's capital, and Peter Colt designed a raceway and power system to harness the Passaic River at Great Falls and create America's first planned industrial city. That development sparked countless engineering and industrial innovations and progress including the Colt revolver, the Rogers other steam locomotives, the Holland submarine, the Curtis-Wright aircraft engine, along with textile and silk manufacturing made Paterson famous as the "silk city" of the world.
The Great Falls raceway at Paterson is the basis of the oldest American community integrating water power, industrial development and urban planning. It is a landmark of American civil and mechanical engineering heritage.
Dedicated May 20, 1977
The American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
 
Erected 1977 by The American Society of Civil Engineers and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
 
Location. 40° 54.849′ N, 74° 10.792′ W. Marker is in
Great Falls Raceway and Power System Marker image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, April 3, 2013
2. Great Falls Raceway and Power System Marker
Paterson, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker can be reached from Spruce St.. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Spruce St., Paterson NJ 07501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ivanhoe Wheelhouse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ivanhoe Wheelhouse (here, next to this marker); Rogers Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Falls of the Passaic/S.U.M. Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Eric M. Graupe (about 400 feet away); Passaic Falls (about 400 feet away); Overlook Park (about 400 feet away); Great Falls of Paterson on the Passaic (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Paterson.
 
Also see . . .  The Dedication Program for the Great Falls Raceway and Power System. A .pdf copy of the May 20, 1977 dedication program, hosted on the American Society for Mechanical Engineers web site. (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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