New Jersey Great Falls Paterson - GNU photoA waterfall in one of New Jersey’s largest cities that inspired generations of newcomers to America, fueled the Industrial Revolution and was featured in everything from a William Carlos Williams poem to an episode of television show The Sopranos became the nation’s newest national park Monday.

The 77-foot Great Falls in downtown Paterson was honored with the national park designation in a ceremony Monday overlooking the Passaic River site.

During floods the Great Falls becomes a spectacular sight, looking like Niagra Falls with tremendous amounts of water cascading over the cliff. The landmark is second only to the Niagra site in total water volume anywhere east of the Mississippi River.

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