Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mary Ellen Kramer
Great Falls Park
Some 190 million years ago (Mesozoic Era), fluid lava as high as a ten story building rolled in a single flow from fifty miles away and solidified in this region. The basaltic ridge formed by these flows explains the basic geological formation of the Great Falls. Through this notch, the entirety of the Passaic River plunges some 77 feet, making it the second largest waterfall by volume east of the Mississippi River, surpassed only by Niagara Falls.
The Great Falls has been an important part of the cultural history of this region beginning with its native inhabitants, and later to the formation and expansion of the United States. Inspired by visits to this waterfall, first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed its potential as a power source to launch the new nation’s economy to be based on industry and trade. The Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures was charted in 1791 to realize his vision, and thus laid the foundation for the City of Paterson and the nation’s economy.
The significance of the Great Falls is recognized for these natural and national cultural events as a Natural National Landmark (1966)
This plaque is given in commemoration of the restoration of this park and its rededication to Mart Ellen Kramer, whose leadership and legacy preserved this sacred place as an inspiration for all.
National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior
Governor Chris Christie, State of New Jersey
Commissioner Bob Martin, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, City of Paterson
Historic Preservation Commission, City of Paterson
Location. 40° 54.972′ N, 74° 10.859′ W. Marker is in Paterson, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker can be reached from McBride Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in Great Falls Park at the viewpoint near the falls. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paterson NJ 07501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Allied Textile Printing Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Falls Hydroelectric Station (about 400 feet away); Great Falls of Paterson on the Passaic (about 400 feet away); The 1914 S.U.M. Great Falls Power Plant (about 400 feet away); Captain Eric M. Graupe (about 400 feet away); Passaic Falls (about 400 feet away); Great Falls of the Passaic/S.U.M. Historic District (about 500 feet away); Harry B. Haines Memorial Park (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paterson.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 29, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.