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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Geographic Information System - GIS and Map Collection
GIS in Watertown
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer resource that makes map creation and information retrieval efficient and easy. The Town of Watetown uses GIS to create, maintain, and analyze spatial data. GIS has become an important component for projects throughout the communuity. Some examples of Watertown's GIS data include zoning, roads, buildings, tax parcels, water and sewer, and aerial photography.

Online Maps
The Town has an internet-based mapping interface for accessing GIS data.  The MapsOnline map application allows anyone to access GIS data, create custom maps for areas of interest, and look up information like tax parcel data.  The online map can be used to search for specific areas of town and can also be used to look at specific layers of data within these zoomed in areas.  The application is designed for creating custom maps which can then be downloaded (to PDF) or printed directly from the web appliction.

Static Maps 
The Town has also developed maps for print and download.  Specific mapping projects may have evolved from requests by Town Departments or may have evolved from resident requests for specific information not available on the web.  These maps provide specific information in a printable form.

Maps Available for Viewing & Download

   Map Name  Description  Updated/Amended
 Watertown MapsOnline Public Viewer Public MapsOnline Viewer Online custom mapping with tax parcel, zoning, aerial, road, and other data by PeopleGIS.  Continual
 Watertown Map Collage Historic Maps  Link to Watertown Library online collection of Historic Maps   As needed
 PDF icon Zoning Zoning and overlay districts with streets  (11"x17")  07-08-08/06-07-11
 PDF icon Voting Precincts Precinct map showing Town Council Districts (11"x17")  11/16/11
 PDF icon Streets Street Index Map with building footprints   12/28/07

These resources are compiled from various source data and are for reference purposes only and are not to be construed as legal documents or survey instruments. Any reliance on the information contained herein is at the user's own risk. The Town of Watertown assumes no responsibility for any use of the information contained herein or any loss resulting therefrom.