During the Industrial Revolution, many of the mills in New England used water as a source of power. In Waltham, Paul Moody turned to the Charles River to keep his powered looms operating. This allowed all facets of cloth production to be completed under the one roof of the Boston Manufacturing Company.
Nowadays, the BMC (no, not big man on campus) is the home of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Core exhibits cover the area’s role in the American Industrial Revolution, though the museum also has a dedicated gallery of the Waltham Watch Company, as well as the Metz Company and Orient bicycles.
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