Monday, August 15, 2016

Last Stop on Hamilton Day: Alexander Hamilton himself

We tried to squeeze a lot into our Alexander Hamilton tour of North Jersey, but there is only so much you can do when these little historic sites are only open from 1PM to 4 PM a few days of the week.

My how times change. Five years ago (click on that link to see how much she has grown) we visited the Great Falls of Paterson (the second largest falls east of the Mississippi, the first being Niagara Falls) and barely noticed the statue of the man in Colonial attire. This time that man (Alexander Hamilton) took center stage and the falls were ignored. 

Funny he doesn't look like Lin-Mnauel here.
Alexander Hamilton founded the city of Paterson in 1792 (he was killed in 1804). He had a vision for a great industrial city powered by the water falls. It took over 100 years after his death (in 1914) for a hydroelectric plant to be built. The mills began decades after his death, too. Paterson was known as Silk City from 1880s to 1920.

We can come back and visit another time, Ashley.

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