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Garland City

Watertown was once known as the Garland City. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, it was common for businesses located in Public Square to display red, white and blue decorative garlands or buntings all along the building facades

"Watertown was called the Garland City was because of all the bunting that was on the buildings - so much so it was like a 'garland of bunting.' " Donna Dutton, Historian

The original image is about 5 in x 12 in in size, so had to be scanned into halves for display purposes. This shows Public Square all decked out with buntings and garlands when the circus came to town!

Left portion of original image of Public Square all decked out for a circus

 

Right side of the Public Square image with the garlands