Watson, Saskatchewan

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Motto(s): 
Industrial Crossroads of Saskatchewan
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Watson (Canada)
Coordinates: 52°7′N104°31′W / 52.117°N 104.517°W / 52.117; -104.517 Coordinates: 52°7′N104°31′W / 52.117°N 104.517°W / 52.117; -104.517
Country Canada
Provinces and territories of Canada Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Lakeside
Post office founded (as Vossen)1904-04-01
Incorporated (village)1906-05-01
Incorporated (town)August 1, 1908
Government
   Mayor Norma Weber
Area
  Total 2.83 km2 (1.09 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
  Total697
  Density274.7/km2 (711/sq mi)
  Summer (DST) CST
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Watson is a town of 777 residents in the rural municipality of Lakeside, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Watson is located on the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 6, the Canam Highway. Watson is approximately the same distance from Saskatoon which is to the west, and Regina to the south, which gives rise to its town motto, Industrial Crossroads of Saskatchewan.

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History

Settlers began arriving in the early 1900s, many of them German American Catholics. [6] The first post office in the area was established on April 1, 1904 and named Vossen after its postmaster, Frank J. Vossen Jr. [7] It was changed to Watson on May 1, 1906, in advance of the village's incorporation on October 6, 1906. [1] The village became a town on August 1, 1908. [8] The town's namesake is Senator Robert Watson. Senator Watson, originally owned the land the town was built on. [9] Watson celebrated its first Santa Claus Day in 1932, and in 1996 erected a 25-foot (7.6 m)-high Santa Claus to commemorate the event. [10] [11] [12]

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Robert Watson (Canadian politician) Industrialist and political figure in Manitoba, Canada

Robert Watson was an industrialist and political figure in Manitoba, Canada. He represented Marquette in the House of Commons of Canada from 1883 to 1892 as a Liberal and Portage la Prairie in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba as a Liberal from 1892 to 1899. Watson sat for Portage la Prairie division in the Senate of Canada from 1900 to 1929.

Demographics

Canada census – Watson, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population:777 (8.1% from 2006)719 (-9.4% from 2001)
Land area:2.83 km2 (1.09 sq mi)2.83 km2 (1.09 sq mi)
Population density:274.7/km2 (711/sq mi)254.2/km2 (658/sq mi)
Median age:48.0 (M: 45.5, F: 49.1)N/A (M: N/A, F: N/A)
Total private dwellings:364362
Median household income:$N/A$N/A
References: 2011 [13] 2006 [14] earlier [15]

Geography

Jansen Lake, Houghton Lake, Lenore Lake, Ironspring Creek, Big Quill Lake and Little Quill Lake are all close to Watson.

Transportation

The town is located at the junction of Saskatchewan Highway 5 and Saskatchewan Highway 6.

Saskatchewan Highway 5 highway in Saskatchewan

Highway 5 is a major highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It begins in downtown Saskatoon and runs eastward to the Manitoba border near Togo, where it becomes Provincial Road 363. The highway is approximately 393 kilometres (244 mi) long. Between the early 1900s (decade) and 1976, Provincial Highway 5 was a trans-provincial highway travelling approximately 630 kilometres (390 mi) in length. At this time it started at the Alberta border in Lloydminster and traveled east to the Manitoba border.

Highway 6 is a paved undivided major provincial highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It runs from Montana Highway 16 at the Canada–US border near the Canada customs port of Regway to Highway 55 near Choiceland. Highway 6 is about 523 km (325 mi) long. The CanAm Highway comprises Saskatchewan Highways from south to north: SK 35, Sk 39, Sk 6, Sk 3, as well as Sk 2. 330 kilometres (210 mi) of Saskatchewan Highway 6 contribute to the CanAm Highway between Corinne and Melfort.

Railway

Melfort Subdivision C.P.R—serves Lanigan, Leroy, Watson, Spalding [16]

Canadian Pacific Railway Major class 1 railroad operating in Canada and the U.S.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), also known formerly as CP Rail between 1968 and 1996, and known as simply Canadian Pacific is a historic Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881. The railroad is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001.

Margo Subdivision Canadian National Railway [17]

Notable Watsonians

Dustin Tokarski ice hockey player from Canada

Dustin Michael Tokarski is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, but grew up in neighbouring Watson, which he considers his hometown.

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David Ross Lonsberry was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had his best seasons in a Flyers uniform and was a member of Philadelphia's back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams in the mid-1970s.


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