WATERTOWN, a township of Middlesex county, Massachu - setts, U.S.A., on the Charles river, about 6 m.
Watertown is served by the Fitchburg division of the Boston & Maine railway, and is connected with Boston, Cambridge, Newton (immediately adjacent and served by the New York, New Haven & Hartford railway) and neighbouring towns by electric railways.
The Federal government maintains at Watertown one of its principal arsenals, occupying grounds of about Ioo acres along the river.
Watertown was one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay settlements, having been begun early in 1630 by a group of settlers led by Sir Richard Saltonstall and the Rev. George Phillips.
For the first quarter century Watertown ranked next to Boston in population and area.
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