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Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, USA

"Pat'erson, a city of New Jersey, the capital of Passaic co., and the third city of the state in population and manufactures, is situated on the right bank of the Passaic River, 12 miles N. of Newark, and 17 miles N.W. of New York. It is on the Erie Railroad, the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, and the Paterson, Jersey City & Hoboken Electric Railroad, and is connected with several towns by numerous electric lines, whose connections pass through many of its principal streets. It is also connected with the Delaware and Hudson Rivers by the Morris Canal. The Passaic River here descends 70 feet in one perpendicular fall, and affords immense water-power, which is utilized in numerous factories. The streets are lighted by electricity. Paterson contains 60 churches, a free public library, a high school, 3 national banks, 3 savings-banks, 3 hotels, 2 large public parks, and printing-offices which issue 5 daily and 5 weekly newspapers. Thirteen bridges here cross the river, which, be ' the picturesque cataract called Passaic Falls, flows between vertical palisades of basalt. The manufactures of Paterson are very extensive and various. It has 6 cotton mills, several iron-foundries and machine-shops, about 80 silk-factories, 2 manufactories of locomotives, a manufactory of linen goods, several woollen factories, bleaching and dyeing establishments, and manufactories of velvet, carpets, jute, engines, and boilers. The silk-factories of Paterson employ about 15,000 persons, and are the largest in the United States. The value of the silk goods produced here in one year sometimes amounts to $4,000,000. The value of all the products manufactured in Passaic co. (nearly all in Paterson) reaches $30,000,000. The capital invested in these manufactories is about $20,000,000. Pop, in 1880, 51,031; in 1890, 78,347; in 1894 (estimated), 105,000. "

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1791 - Alexander Hamilton built country's first planned industrial city in Paterson

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  • 1814 - The first church incorporated in Paterson was the 1st Presbyterian church, in 1814.

    HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY by JOHN W. BARBER and HENRY HOWE, 1844

  • 1835 - Colt firearms begins production in Paterson

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  • 1844 - Paterson
    Paterson was formed from Acquackanock in 1831. Its population in 1840 was 7,598. The village of Paterson, the seat of justice for Passaic county, is...Read MORE...


  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    View of the Passaic Falls, at Paterson. (1844)
  • News 1869 - Great Fire in Paterson.
    Mr. Michael Morris's warehouse, Paterson, and adjacent buildings were burned on Monday. The warehouse owned by Mr. Morris was used as a waste house....Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - Explosion
    Lat night, a patent gas machine at Danforth locomotive works, Paterson, N. J., was exploded by a watchman approaching too near it with a lantern. Two ...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - DESTRUCTIVE FIRE in PATERSON, N. J.
    PATERSON, N. J., March 4. - A fire broke out in the oil room of the Danforth locomotive and machine shops, in this city, this morning, about 8...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - ONE KILLED AND A DOZEN INJURED. RESULT OF A RUNAWAY ACCIDENT IN PATERSON, N. J.
    Paterson, N. J., May 5. - One child was killed, another probably fatally hurt, and a dozen adults more or less bruised by a frightened team on Main...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - HUNDREDS HOMELESS IN PATTERSON FLOOD - Armory Opened and 110 Families Sheltered There
    Mrs. Garret A. Hobart at Head of Relief Committee
    One Life Lost
    Water Starts to Recede

    PATTERSON. N. J., March 2 — This city, so recently...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - PATERSON LAID WASTE BY FIRE - Business Section and a Hundred Dwellings Burned
    LOSS ABOUT $8,000,000
    Banks, Churches, Hotels, Municipal Buildings, and Newspaper Offices in Ruins
    MARTIAL LAW PROCLAIMED
    Police Reinforced by...Read MORE...


  • News 1903 - TORNADO SWEEPS OVER PATERSON. FOUR ARE KILLED AND MANY HOUSES WRECKED. MISSILES HURT SCORES. SMALL BUILDINGS CARRIED GREAT DISTANCE -- DEVASTATION IN SECTION THAT ESCAPED DAMAGE BY GREAT FIRE AND FLOOD.
    Paterson, N.J., July 22 - A dense black cloud, assuming the shape of a cone, and whirling with furious rapidity, loomed up over the top of Garrett...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Paterson, capital of Passaic co., N.J., and the third oity of the state in population and manufactures, is situ ated on the right bank of the Passaic ...Read MORE...


  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    General Hospital
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Ellison Street
    postmarked 1909
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Free Public Library
    postmarked 1909
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Main Street
    postmarked 1909
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Public School No. 16
    postmarked 1910
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Main Street (1910)
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Hotel Manhattan
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    The Hamilton Apartments
    postmarked 1912
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    5th Regiment Armory
    postmarked 1915
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Birdseye View
  • News 1920 - HOTEL DESTROYED BY EARLY MORNING FIRE.
    Paterson, N. J., May 24. - Fire early today gutted the Manhattan Hotel, a four-story brick structure in the business district of this city. Lives of...Read MORE...


  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Market Street
    postmarked 1920
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Fabien Theatre Building and Alexander Hamilton Hotel
    postmarked 1920
  • Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    Passaic Falls and Chasm Bridge, Paterson, N.J.
  • 1940 - October 30 - Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

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  • 1964 - August 11 - Race riot in Paterson NJ

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