Waltham is located at about 11 miles (18 km) north-west of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The heart of the city is Waltham Common, which is home to the City Hall and various memorial statues. The Common is on Main Street, which is home to several churches, the town library and Post Office.
The city stretches along the Charles River and contains several dams. The dams were used to power textile mills and other endeavors in the early years of the industrial activity.
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.
Waltham is know for its Charles Riverwalk for fishing, jogging or walking and it downtown Moody Street which offers a colorful assortment of shops, restaurants (Restaurant Row), and bars.
Waltham's cultural life is enriched by the presence of two major universities Brandeis and Bentley) and a number of arts organizations throughout the city.
Waltham is close to several U.S. interstate highways and has MBTA and bus services.
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