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Great Falls National Historic Park is a 118 acre historic site located 12 miles from New York City. Paterson's location next to one of the largest waterfalls in the US led to industrial development in this area, especially prior to the age of steam-powered machinery when mills and factories relied upon moving water. Visitors to this National Historic Park can see the remnants of mills from the 18th and 19th centuries and learn about the history of industry and labor in this part of New Jersey. The park also tells the history of Paterson, established in 1791 as America's first planned city.