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Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

"Waltham, a beautiful city of Massachusetts, in Middlesex co., is situated on both banks of the Charles River, and on the Fitchburg Railroad, 10 miles W. of Boston. It contains several fine churches, the New Church Institute of Education, a national bank, a savings-institution, water works, electric lighting and gas-works, and printing-offices which issue 1 weekly and 3 daily newspapers. The first cotton-mill in the United States in which all the operations were performed under one roof was erected here about 1814. Waltham has now a large cotton-factory and bleachery- and dye-works which employ about 2000 hands. Here is also a manufactory of watches,—the largest in the Union,—employing nearly 3000 men and women. These watches have a high reputation. Prospect Hill, near here, is about 480 feet high, and affords an extensive view of the surrounding country and of Boston. Pop. in 1880, 11,712; in 1890, 18,707; in 1894 (estimated), 21,000."

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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  • 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...

  • 1812 - May 4 - Nine inches of snow fell at Waltham, MA

  • 1813 - February 23 - 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass

  • 1816 - July 08 - Frost in Waltham, MA

  • 8. WALTHAM. [Pop. 2,504. Inc. 1738.]
    Waltham was formerly the western part of Watertown.

    This town is built on Charles River, which furnishes water power for several important ...Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Waltham
    This town was incorporated January 4th, 1737-38; previous to this time it was the western precinct of Watertown. It appears that there was...Read MORE...

  • 1854 - October 01 - The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.

  • 1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...In Waltham, the car-house of the Fitchburg Railroad Company, 70 feet in length, was totally demolished...
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    March 21, 1854

  • Waltham Massachusetts, 1890
    WALTHAM, the " City of Watches," is situated in the southeasterly section of Middlesex County, 10 miles west of Boston, with which it is conveniently ...Read MORE...

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    Waltham Canoe Club, Waltham, Mass.
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    Soldier's Monument and Common, Waltham, Mass.
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    Falls and Moody Street, Waltham, Mass.
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    St. Mary's Church, Waltham, Mass.
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    Moody Street Fire Station
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    Robbins Park
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    First Parish in Waltham (Unitarian)
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    Waltham Watch Factory and Adjacent Parks, Waltham, Mass.
  • 1906
    Waltham, a city of Middlesex co., Mass., is situated on both banks of the Charles River and on the Boston and Maine R., 10 miles W. of Boston. It...Read MORE...

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    General Bank's Mansion, 1909
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    Beth Eden Baptist Church
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    Charles River, Waltham from River View Depot
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    North Grammar School
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    Norumbega Tower
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    Prospect House
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    Boston & Maine R.R. Station
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    Waltham Savings Bank
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    South Grammar School
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    Pumping Station, 1911
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    Adams House, 1915
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    Nuttings on the Charles
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    First Lutheran Church
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    City Hall, 1934
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    St. Charles Parochial School
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    Public Library, 1942

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