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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 Waltham, Massachusetts 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, Mass...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 8 - 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 considerabl...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - October 1 - 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 is...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.
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Soldier's Monument and Common, Waltham, Mass.
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    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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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Robbins Park
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    First Parish in Waltham (Unitarian)
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Waltham Watch Factory and Adjacent Parks, Waltham, Mass.

    The Waltham Watch Company began its operations at the site in 1854 and, through innovation, introduced a system of interchangeable parts. The Company developed machinery that could make... 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 cont...Read MORE...


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    General Bank's Mansion, 1909
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    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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    Prospect House

    The Prospect House is a historic building located at 11 Hammond Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. Built in 1839, this temple-front Greek Revival structure was originally a hotel and tavern, and is one of only a few surviving 19th... Read MORE...

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    Boston & Maine R.R. Station
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    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

    In 1914, C. P. Nutting opened Nuttings Dance Hall at the canoe boathouse where Prospect Street crosses the Charles River. The Hall burned down in 1961.
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    First Lutheran Church
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    Hospital
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    City Hall, 1934
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    St. Charles Parochial School
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  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
    Public Library, 1942
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Waltham Canoe Club, Waltham, Mass.

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Soldier's Monument and Common, Waltham, Mass.

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Falls and Moody Street, Waltham, Mass.

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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St. Mary's Church, Waltham, Mass.

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Waltham Watch Factory and Adjacent Parks, Waltham, Mass.

The Waltham Watch Company began its operations at the site in 1854 and, through innovation, introduced a system of interchangeable parts. The Company developed machinery that could make... Read MORE...

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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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General Bank's Mansion, 1909
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Beth Eden Baptist Church

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Charles River, Waltham from River View Depot

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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North Grammar School

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Prospect House

The Prospect House is a historic building located at 11 Hammond Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. Built in 1839, this temple-front Greek Revival structure was originally a hotel and tavern, and is one of only a few surviving 19th... Read MORE...

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Boston & Maine R.R. Station

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Waltham Savings Bank

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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South Grammar School

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Pumping Station, 1911

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Adams House, 1915

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Nuttings on the Charles

In 1914, C. P. Nutting opened Nuttings Dance Hall at the canoe boathouse where Prospect Street crosses the Charles River. The Hall burned down in 1961.
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Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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First Lutheran Church

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Hospital

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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City Hall, 1934

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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St. Charles Parochial School

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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Public Library, 1942

History, News and Stories of Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

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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 Waltham, Massachusetts 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...


    Read more about Henry KNOX photo of ancestor
  • 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 8 - 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 1 - 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

    Read more about Aaron Lufkin DENNISON photo of ancestor
  • 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 -The Gateway to History


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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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