Watertown, Tennessee

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Watertown is a city in Wilson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,358 at the 2000 census.



Prior to the town's establishment, the land was an American Revolutionary War grant given to Colonel Archibald Lytle and his brother William Lytle.

Around 1790, the grandparents of Watertown's founder, Wilson L. Waters, moved into the area. In 1845, the post office moved from nearby Three Forks to Wilson's store. Waters expanded his operations with a sawmill, gristmill and blacksmith shop. Waters' 400-acre (1.6 km2) farm eventually became Watertown.

The Nashville and Knoxville Railroad built a depot in Watertown in 1885 making it the hub of business in the area. The increased business led to a doubling of the village's size.

In 1903, a fire swept through the wood structures of the village, destroying many of the businesses in the village. During the recovery period following the fire, a town square surrounded by brick building was laid out, creating the core of the current city of Watertown.[3]


Watertown is located at 36°06′00″N 86°08′14″W / 36.100039°N 86.137102°W / 36.100039; -86.137102 (36.100039, -86.137102).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,358 people, 542 households, and 377 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,083.9 people per square mile (419.5/km2). There were 605 housing units at an average density of 482.9/sq mi (186.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.24% White, 6.11% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

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