Great Falls / Kramer Park

Paterson, NJ

Paterson's prime geologic feature is the Great Falls, where the Passaic River has a dramatic 77 foot drop over a formation of basalt rock. The falls were formed around 11,000 BC at the end of the last Ice Age. The falls were a prime attraction to late 18th century industrialists and water diverted through "raceways" from above the falls was used to power numerous mills and factories in the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The park on the northeast bluff overlooking the falls is named for Mary Ellen Kramer (1937-1993), the wife of former mayor Lawrence Kramer who lead the campaign to preserve and redevelop the historic mill district in Paterson. Her efforts preserved an important industrial archeological area that ultimately was designated as a national landmark. (reference)

Great Falls / Kramer Park - Passaic River west of the falls
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Passaic River west of the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Passaic River flowing toward the falls
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Passaic River flowing toward the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Passiac River flowing toward the falls
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Passiac River flowing toward the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Great Falls - View from the north
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Great Falls - View from the north
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Great Falls - View from the north
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Great Falls - View from the north
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Service building in Mary Ellen Kramer Park
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Service building in Mary Ellen Kramer Park
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Mary Ellen Kramer Park
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Mary Ellen Kramer Park
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Great Falls video
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Great Falls video
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Stairway down to viewing area on the south bank
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Stairway down to viewing area on the south bank
Great Falls / Kramer Park - View from the east bank
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View from the east bank
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Great Falls video
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Great Falls video
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Pedestrian and utility bridges
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Pedestrian and utility bridges
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Vandalized memorial plaque
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Vandalized memorial plaque
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Visitors on pedestrian bridge over gorge
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Visitors on pedestrian bridge over gorge
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Pipeline over gorge
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Pipeline over gorge
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Great Falls view from southeast bank
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Great Falls view from southeast bank
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Water flow into the gorge
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Water flow into the gorge
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Overlook park
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Overlook park
Great Falls / Kramer Park - West bank of gorge
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West bank of gorge
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Ducks swimming above the falls
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Ducks swimming above the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Dam and Wayne Avenue bridge just above the falls
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Dam and Wayne Avenue bridge just above the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Passaic River flowing downstream of falls
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Passaic River flowing downstream of falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - View of the falls from Overlook Park
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View of the falls from Overlook Park
Great Falls / Kramer Park - Passaic River flowing downstream from the falls
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Passaic River flowing downstream from the falls
Great Falls / Kramer Park - View of the falls from Overlook Park
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View of the falls from Overlook Park

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