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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Waltham is commonly referred to as Watch City because of its association with the watch industry. Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line.
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Waltham includes: Prospectville, Riverview, Roberts Station, Beaver Brook Station, Bleachery Station, Chemistry, Clematis Brook Station, and Newton Street.


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  • 1634 - Waltham is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1738 - Waltham is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 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

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

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  • 1816 - July 08 - Frost in Waltham, MA

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  • 1845 - 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.

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  • 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

  • 1854 - Waltham
    Waltham, a beautiful and flourishing post- village of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, on the Fitchburg railroad, 10 miles W. by N. from Boston. It...Read MORE...


  • 1884 - Waltham is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 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...


  • 1895 - Waltham
    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 ...Read MORE...


  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Waltham Canoe Club, Waltham, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Soldier's Monument and Common, Waltham, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Falls and Moody Street, Waltham, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    St. Mary's Church, Waltham, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Moody Street Fire Station
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Robbins Park
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    First Parish in Waltham (Unitarian)
    Postcard
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Waltham Watch Factory and Adjacent Parks, Waltham, Mass.
    Postcard
  • 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...


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


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Waltham Canoe Club, Waltham, Mass.
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Soldier's Monument and Common, Waltham, Mass.
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Falls and Moody Street, Waltham, Mass.
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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St. Mary's Church, Waltham, Mass.
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Waltham Watch Factory and Adjacent Parks, Waltham, Mass.
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Moody Street Fire Station
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Robbins Park
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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First Parish in Waltham (Unitarian)
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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General Bank's Mansion, 1909
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Beth Eden Baptist Church
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Charles River, Waltham from River View Depot
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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North Grammar School
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Norumbega Tower
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Prospect House
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Boston & Maine R.R. Station
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Waltham Savings Bank
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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South Grammar School
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Pumping Station, 1911
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Adams House, 1915
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Nuttings on the Charles
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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First Lutheran Church
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Hospital
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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City Hall, 1934
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Pinterest
St. Charles Parochial School
Postcard

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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Public Library, 1942
Postcard
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  • 1634 - Waltham is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1738 - Waltham is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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

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

    historyorb.com
  • 1816 - July 08 - Frost in Waltham, MA

    historyorb.com
  • 1845 - 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 - Waltham
    Waltham, a beautiful and flourishing post- village of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, on the Fitchburg railroad, 10 miles W. by N. from Boston. It... Read MORE...

  • 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
  • 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.

    historyorb.com
  • 1884 - Waltham is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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...

  • 1895 - Waltham
    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 ... Read MORE...

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  • 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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