paterson great falls national park, paterson, nj

paterson great falls in nj is one of the largest falls in the u.s. the falls were formed almost 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, and cut through basalt that was formed nearly 200 million years ago.

civil engineer charles l'enfant (designer of washington dc's layout) designed the system of canals known as a raceway, that supplied the nearby watermills. this 4,849 kilowatt/hr hydroelectric facility, designed by colt (of colt revolvers) based on a l'enfant design, operated from 1914 to 1969. in 1984, the plant was restored, restarted two years later, and now produces 11,000 kilowatts/hr.

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