Facts About Watertown
Watertown was founded in 1879 as a rail terminus when the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad reactivated part of a line it had constructed to Lake Kampeska.
Watertown has a total area of 25.04 square miles, of which, 17.45 square miles is land and 7.59 square miles is water.
The city was named after Watertown, New York, the hometown of brothers John E. Kemp and Oscar P. Kemp, two of the city’s founders.
Watertown has a strong agricultural community, with a large number of farmers and ranchers in the surrounding area.
Watertown is home to the Northern State University Wolves, an NCAA Division II athletics program.
The estimated population of Watertown is 22,722, as of 2021, making Watertown the fifth largest city in South Dakota.
Watertown is home to several annual events, including the Codington County Fair, the Glacial Lakes Arts Festival, and the Watertown Winter Carnival.
Watertown is home to the Bramble Park Zoo, which features over 100 animals from around the world.
Watertown has a strong manufacturing sector, with several large companies such as 3M, Cambria, and Meta Manufacturing, having facilities in the area.
The city has a strong agricultural community, with a large number of farmers and ranchers in the surrounding area.