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Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

"Watertown, a post-village in Watertown township, Middlesex co., Mass., on the Charles River, and on the Fitchburg Railroad, 8 miles W. of Boston. It has a national bank, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, a high school, a paper-mill, a woollen-factory, a stove-foundry, a national arsenal of construction, 5 churches, several beautiful residences and gardens, and manufactures of stockings and Cardigan jackets. Pop. of the township in 1890, 7073."

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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Charles River, Watertown, Mass.

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St. John's M. E. Church, Watertown, Mass.

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Mt. Auburn St. (1905)

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The Charles River, 1905

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Main St., looking West, 1905

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Mt. Auburn Street, 1905

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The Perkins Institution - Boy's Close

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Francis School, 1910


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Main Street, Town Hall to Beacon Square

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First Baptist Church

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High School

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B. & M. R.R. Station, 1920

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Perkins Institution for the Blind

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St. Patrick's Church

History and News of Watertown, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1630 - In July of 1630, a group led by Sir Richard Saltonstall, rowed up the Charles River from Charlestown and established the settlement that became Watertown.
    ma-watertown2.civicplus.com/ index.aspx?NID=360
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • An Oral History of Watertown


    An Oral History of Watertown (www.youtube.com)
  • 1831 - Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, is listed by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, as the second oldest public garden of any kind in the United States.
    Thought by many to be in Cambridge, it has the vast majority of its graves and all its buildings in Watertown. ma-watertown2.civicplus.com/ index.aspx?NID=360
  • 16. WATERTOWN. [Pop. 1,810. Inc. 1630.]
    The Indian name was Pigsguesset. When the first settlers of Charlestown scattered in search of water, some removed to Boston, and others to... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Watertown
    This is an ancient town, it being settled the same year as Boston, in 1630. The first Englishmen who are known to have visited the place were Mr.... Read MORE...

  • Watertown Massachusetts, 1890
    Watertown, on the north bank of the Charles River, in the southeasterly section of Middlesex County, is one of the most ancient and beautiful towns... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Watertown, a post-village in Watertown township (town), Middlesex co., Mass., on the Charles River and on the Boston and Maine R., 7 miles W. of... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - ENDS LIFE IN POTOMAC - Edwin Coobs, Watertown, Mass., Victim of Nervous Troubles
    Arrived With Specialist En Route to Florida and Vanished from Hotel. Body Found Two Hours Later.

    The body of Edwin Coombs, 50 years old,... Read MORE...

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