An American Hero Stands in Paterson, NJ

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Hank Waxman on June 15, 2009

I came to Paterson, NJ to see the Passaic Falls. Known locally as Great Falls they are the second-highest on the east coast (second only to Niagara). The Great Falls thunders over a rocky ledge, 70 feet deep, about 60 feet wide to a broad basin descending 20 feet through traprock and sandstone to the City of Paterson.

I had never heard about the place, and I was duly impressed by this inner-city natural wonder. There are many photos of the Falls, but as I walked around I spied a statue in a little park across the way, and decided on a photographic mini-hunt. Who could it be?

Marilyn Whiteley on June 15, 2009

Delightful little photographic exploration, Hank. History the painless way!


Hank Waxman on June 15, 2009

Thanks Marilyn. I'll be back to post some shots of the falls which are truly impressive...especially considering they are downtown in a metrolpolitan area.

I'm glad you came along on this walk with me. I'm much more Jeffersonian than Hamiltonian, but when you consider Hamilton's legacy this is as good a place as any to memorialize him. He gave us unbridled, American capitalism...and National Banks.

My personal best regards,


Stvorek_pl on June 16, 2009

Great composition, Hank :)

Hank Waxman on June 16, 2009

Thank you Tomek. It's fun finding art and beauty in the middle of a rather bleak, inner-city landscape...believe me, that's what downtown Paterson is. It needs refreshing.



ai savery on February 13, 2010

Beautifully composed, Hank! Very strong with structural elements and contrast - I like the zig-zag of the staircase and the brickwork in the foreground especially. The inner-city river walk sounds intriguing and I am enjoying it through your photos. -alicia

Hank Waxman on February 15, 2010

Hi Alicia. A lot of the elements of this shot really did come together well. Thanks for your comments. The inner city, Patterson, BTW is better viewed through pictures right now. It has some major work to do on itself.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 15, 2009
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    by Hank Waxman
    • Taken on 2009/04/26 12:48:37
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 60.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash