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Waltham, Massachusetts

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This is the official (Yeah, right) community for the city of Waltham, Massachusetts.

Often called the true birthplace of the industrial revolution, Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 59,226 at the 2000 census. The city is 10 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts on the Charles River. Waltham is partly surrounded by Interstate 95 (I-95). It is bordered to the west by Weston and Lincoln, to the south by Newton, to the east by Belmont and Watertown, and to the north by Lexington.

Waltham is home to Brandeis University, Bentley College, and The Sports Authority Training Center, which serves a dual role as practice facility/offices of the Boston Celtics.

Waltham is commonly referred to as Watch City because of its association with the watch industry. This is due to Waltham Watch Company, which opened its factory in Waltham in 1854. The American Waltham Watch Company, AWWCo Inc, was one of the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution. It was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. It won the gold medal in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Over 40 million watches, clocks and instruments were produced by Waltham Watch Company until it closed in 1957. A search engine to retrieve information on vintage U.S. made Waltham watches by serial number is available at the Waltham Memorial.

The name of the city is pronounced with the primary stress on the first syllable and secondary stress on the second syllable, although the name of the Waltham watch was pronounced with accent only on the first syllable. The second vowel is pronounced properly ("Wall-tham", to rhyme with tall-ham, IPA [ˈwɔɫˌθæm]), and not elided into a schwa ("Wall-thumb", IPA [ˈwɔɫθəm]) as might be expected in American English.