View of the bridge over Charles River, New York Public Library
Boston Manufacturing Company
View of the Charles River, Memorial Drive in Cambridge(foreground), and the Back Bay skyline at night
Saltonstall's landing spot in Watertown, also known as Elbridge Gerry Landing
Emily Lavan, Heartbreak Hill, 2005 Boston Marathon
Waltham, 1793
A sunny day on the Charles River Esplanade
Edmund Fowle House, built in the 1700s and used by the Massachusetts government during the Revolutionary War
Map of Waltham, 1877
Sailboats moored on the Charlestown side of the Charles River with Bunker Hill Monument in the distance
Browne House, built c. 1694
Union Street, Newton Centre
The Charles River in Waltham
Sunset at Charles River in December 2010
St. Stephen Armenian Apostolic Church
The Jackson Homestead
Age Distribution
American Shad (Alosa Sapidissima)
Hairenik Association building – Watertown, Mass.
Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Waltham Supermarket on Main Street, established in 1936, was a large historic grocery store that closed in the 1990s. The building continues to be a supermarket, occupied subsequently by Shaw's, then Victory, and now Hannaford.
View of the Charles River, Community Rowing, Inc. and Boston from Nonantum.
Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Newton Public Library
Brandeis University
The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Weld Boathouse and the main campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.
Eliza Dushku
A panoramic view of Newton North High School
Deena (Drossin) Kastor
View of Charles River at Newton Upper Falls
Charles River under Echo Bridge in Newton
Charles River at Medfield-Millis town line
Charles River basin from an office tower in Boston.
Charles River Esplanade, 2013
Charles River Esplanade, 2013
View of the Charles River and Downtown Boston from the Boston University Bridge
John W. Weeks Bridge

Waltham was first settled in 1634 as part of Watertown and was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1738.

- Waltham, Massachusetts

Thrice portions have been added to Cambridge, and it has contributed territory to form the new towns of Weston (1712), Waltham (1738), Lincoln (1754) and Belmont (1859).

- Watertown, Massachusetts

Most of the watercraft activity occurs from the Museum of Science to the center of Watertown, above which is a dam.

- Charles River

The city is bordered by Waltham and Watertown on the north, Needham and the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston on the south, Wellesley and Weston on the west, and Brookline and the Brighton neighborhood of Boston on the east.

- Newton, Massachusetts

The Charles River flows along the north and west parts of Newton, and Route 128 passes through the west part of the city.

- Newton, Massachusetts

Part of Newton annexed to Waltham.

- Waltham, Massachusetts

At the time of European colonization in the early 1600s, settlements of Massachusett people were present along the river at Nonantum in current day Newton and Pigsgusset in current day Watertown.

- Charles River

Waltham was the site of the first fully integrated textile factory in America, built by Francis Cabot Lowell in 1814, and by the 19th century the Charles River was one of the most industrialized areas in the United States.

- Charles River

To the north, it is bordered by the town of Belmont, along Belmont Street; to the south, it is bordered by Newton and Brighton—the border being largely formed by the Charles River.

- Watertown, Massachusetts

The city stretches along the Charles River and contains several dams.

- Waltham, Massachusetts

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City in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area as a major suburb of Boston.

City in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area as a major suburb of Boston.

Map showing the original boundaries of Cambridge and other Massachusetts cities and towns
George Washington in Cambridge, 1775
Map of Cambridge from 1873
1852 Map of Boston area showing Cambridge and regional rail lines and highlighting the course of the Middlesex Canal. Cambridge is toward the bottom of the map and outlined in yellow, and should not be confused with the pink-outlined and partially cropped "West Cambridge", now Arlington.
A view from Boston of Harvard's Weld Boathouse and Cambridge in winter. The Charles River is in the foreground.
Buildings of Kendall Square, center of Cambridge's biotech economy, seen from the Charles River
Fogg Museum, Harvard
Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Stata Center, MIT
Simmons Hall, MIT
Alewife Brook Reservation
Cambridge City Hall in the 1980s
Aerial view of part of MIT's main campus
Dunster House, Harvard
The 1888 part of the Cambridge Public Library
Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square
Central Station on the MBTA Red Line
The Weeks Bridge provides a pedestrian-only connection between Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Cambridge over the Charles River.
Engine 2, Paramedic Squad 2, Ladder 3 firehouse
Central Square
Harvard Square
Inman Square

Situated directly north of Boston, across the Charles River, it was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, once also an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town's founders.

Located at the first convenient Charles River crossing west of Boston, Newtowne was one of several towns (including Boston, Dorchester, Watertown, and Weymouth) founded by the 700 original Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under Governor John Winthrop.

The town comprised a much larger area than the present city, with various outlying parts becoming independent towns over the years: Cambridge Village (later Newtown and now Newton) in 1688, Cambridge Farms (now Lexington) in 1712 or 1713, and Little or South Cambridge (now Brighton) and Menotomy or West Cambridge (now Arlington) in 1807.

The second area is the larger Hobbs Brook and Stony Brook watersheds, which share borders with neighboring towns and cities including Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham and Weston.