Welcome To America's Newest National Park, In Downtown Paterson, NJ

Yesterday marked the official opening of America’s 397th national park, in—wait for it—downtown Paterson, New Jersey.

After a decades-long campaign to win recognition for the site, the National Parks Service formally took control of Great Falls, which was at the epicentre of the American Industrial Revolution and is home to the second-largest waterfall on the east coast, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The part is one of a small group that honour the east coast’s industrial heritage, the WSJ wrote.

Unlike the sprawling national parks of the west, like Yosemite and Yellowstone, Great Falls covers just 35 acres. Included in the park area are the waterfall three historic buildings near the city’s centre.

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Photo: tonythemisfit via Flickr

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