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View of Watertown, Mass.

Author: O.H. Bailey & Co.
Publisher: O.H. Bailey & Co.
Date: 1879
Location: Watertown (Mass.)

Dimensions: 43.0 x 65.0 cm.
Scale: Not drawn to scale
Call Number: G3764.W3A3 1879 .O43

 
DESCRIPTION

The next year, Bailey published a view of Watertown, using a format and style similar to the Newton view. However, he changed the orientation and depicted the town from the south (or Newton) side, looking north.

Watertown and Newton shared a similar geographical location in relation to Boston, but this view shows that Watertowns economy was more diversified with its own industrial base. The legend identifies eighteen important structures, including two factories, a stock yard, two banks, two hotels, a railroad station, five churches, and a number of public buildings.

The two factories, located on the Charles River, are prominently positioned in the center foreground. They manufactured cast iron stoves (Walker, Pratt Manufacturing Company) and paper (Hollingsworth and Whitney). The stock yard is also prominently displayed at the right side of the drawing. Strangely, the Watertown Arsenal, located just east (right) of the stock yard, is not included. The arsenal was a major U.S. Army installation for the storage and manufacture of munitions from 1816 to 1968. The only hint of its existence is the street named Arsenal Road running by the stock yard.

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