Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.
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Paterson, N.J.: Where Alexander Hamilton (now a hip-hop hero!) planned an industrial revolution

Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.

The Great Falls of Paterson, N.J., cascade beyond the SUM powerhouse, built in 1914 when hydroelectric power supplanted the extensive system of raceways and waterwheels that Alexander Hamilton helped envision to make Paterson - and America - great.

PATERSON, NJ-- The Great Falls, with the 1914 S.U.M powerhouse in the foreground.

 (Karl Zimmermann)
The faded sign for Libby’s speaks eloquently of the restaurant’s long history. It stands atop the 1846 gatehouse for the raceways that originally powered Paterson’s industries.
The faded sign for Libby’s speaks eloquently of the restaurant’s long history. It stands atop the 1846 gatehouse for the raceways that originally powered Paterson’s industries.  (Karl Zimmermann )
Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.

In the Paterson Museum, Chuck Gedge studies an exhibit about pioneering submarine builder John Holland. Two of the Paterson, N.J., designer’s boats are behind him.

 (Karl Zimmermann)
Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.

The Paterson Museum occupies what was once the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works’ erecting shop. 

 (Karl Zimmermann)
Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.

This building dates from 1881. Originally, it was Rogers Locomotive’s administration building. Later it housed the Paterson Silk Machinery Exchange. Its historic signage is kept fresh.

 (Karl Zimmermann)
Rogers locomotives are displayed outside the former Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works erecting shop. No. 299 helped build the Panama Canal.
Rogers locomotives are displayed outside the former Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works erecting shop. No. 299 helped build the Panama Canal.  (Karl Zimmermann )
Alexander Hamilton, a picnic, the industrial revolution and Paterson N.J.

Silk magnate Catholina Lambert’s Belle Vista, now called Lambert Castle, stands atop Garret Mountain. The 1892 home is now a museum.

 (Karl Zimmermann)
A statue of Alexander Hamilton, center, overlooks the Great Falls, left, in Paterson, N.J. A stained-glass windown in Lambert Castle memorializes a deceased daughter of Catholina Lambert.
A statue of Alexander Hamilton, center, overlooks the Great Falls, left, in Paterson, N.J. A stained-glass windown in Lambert Castle memorializes a deceased daughter of Catholina Lambert.  (Barry Winiker / Getty Images center; Karl Zimmermann left and right )
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