The Great Falls are 23 meters high. A footbridge, which offers an amazing view and an unforgettable experience, has been built over them. During floods the waterfalls gush an enormous amount of water.
The Great Falls are 13 thousand years old. The American native Indian tribes had lived close to the falls for many years. Dutch immigrants settled there at the end of the 17th century. Since the end of the 18th century, the energy from the falls has been used in industry, which led to the foundation of the city of Paterson and to its quick development. The first technological system in the world using the energy of the river current was constructed there. This led to the construction of many canals, which were later used by various businesses, e.g.: Rogers Locomotive Works or Colt Revolver. At the end of the 20th century the old industrial premises were renovated and the falls were proclaimed a National Natural Landmark in 2009. If you would like to learn something about the technical tools of the 19th century, don´t forget to visit Paterson´s Museum.