|Lower State Street|
State Street in Watertown
begins at Public Square
and stretching east to the city limits. The street began as an extension of Old State Road
, an early 19th century "highway" which linked Utica in Central New York State to Northern New York and Watertown
. State Street derives it's name from its past link with this road. Today, the path from Watertown
to Utica comprises State Route 12.
|Streetcar coming down State Street c. 1900|
State Street has traditionally been a mixture of businesses and residences. Schools and churches have also been a fixture of State Street from its earliest years. Unlike a lot of older streets in Watertown
, State Street has lost most its Victorian character, and is instead lined with numerous early 20th century commercial and residential buildings. In the early 20th century, streetcars ran down State Street into Public Square
. The main entrance to Thompson Park
is situated off outer State Street just before the city limits.
State Street underwent an extensive reconstruction project in 2006 and 2007. The entire street, from Public Square
to the city limits was entirely rebuilt, with lower State Street also being widened to accommodate traffic and parking. The tracks the streetcars ran on were unearthed during the construction, buried under years and layers of asphalt.
Notable State Street Structures
State Street Methodist
State Street School
State Street Webcam
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AJRII & has been edited 7 times. The last modification was made by - on Apr 12, 2009 7:31 pm.