Excerpt from The City of Watertown: New York Watertown, the largest city in New York state north of the main line of the New York Central railroad, the "Metropolis of the North Country," is situated in Jefferson County in the Black River Valley about seven miles from the junction of the river with Lake Ontario. The city is finely located on the banks of the river, which divides it into two unequal parts, the larger of which is situated on the south side of the stream. Most of the business blocks, the City and County buildings, and by far the larger portion of the handsome residences are on the south side of the Black River, while the northern section of the city is largely taken up with the vast manufacturing plants and the homes of many of the thousands who find their daily employment in the factories and mills. "Watertown" the city is called, and this name was chosen owing to the peculiar advantages which come to Watertown from its location on a river which offers chances for the development and utilization of water power second to none in the State of New York. Despite the fact that Watertown is, in a sense, isolated and notwithstanding the fact that it depends for transportation on a single track railroad, it has grown steadily since it was founded and today is hovering around the thirty thousand mark in population. The city is first and foremost a manufacturing center, but it is also a distributing point for the large section embraced within the limits of Jefferson, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. In the channel of the Black River, and within the city limits, are a number of islands, the largest of which are Sewall's island with an area of fifteen acres and Beebee's island which covers five acres, and these are given over almost entirely to manufacturing plants. The banks of the river are lined with factories and mills for a distance of two miles, and in fact there is an almost unbroken string from Carthage, eighteen miles east of Watertown, to Dexter, which is seven miles to the westward and which is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario. Within the limits of the city of Watertown, the Black River has a drop of one hundred and twelve feet, and thus there is always plenty of power to turn the numerous wheels of the manufacturing establishments. The city is beautifully situated on a broad plateau that spreads back to terraces of limestone, which are supposed to have marked the shore-line of the eastern-most of the Great Lakes at some by-gone time. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.