Introduction to Watertown, Wisconsin
Watertown was first settled in 1836 by Timothy Johnson, who built the first cabin in this area. The waterpower from the Rock River attracted early settlers, and was first used to power sawmills. Two hydroelectric dams were later constructed. A plank road was constructed connecting Milwaukee with Watertown in 1853. German immigrants established the first kindergarten in the United States in the area. The Milwaukee and Watertown Railroad entered the area in 1855. The city was named after Watertown, New York.
Watertown and nearby Attractions
- Oconomowoc Historical Museum
- Aztalan State Park
- Little A-Merrick- Amusement Park
- Hoard Historical Museum
- Astico County Park
- Tallman House
Things To Do In Watertown
Watertown is home to parks and playgrounds such as the South First Street Park, Lincoln Park, Union Park, Timothy Johnson Park, Fannie P Lewis Park and Riverside Park. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Watertown Country Club. The Astico County Park and Aztalan State Park offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking. In addition, Watertown hosts the Fall Festival every October and the Outdoor Art Festival every June.
Flights are available from Dane County Regional Airport.
Watertown Higher Education
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Carroll College and the Waukesha County Technical College are all nearby.