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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

Settlers began arriving in the early 1900s, many of them German American Catholics. The first post office in the area was established on April 1, 1904 and named Vossen after its postmaster, Frank J. Vossen Jr. It was changed to Watson on May 1, 1906, in advance of the village's incorporation on October 6, 1906. The village became a town on August 1, 1908. The town's namesake is Senator Robert Watson. Senator Watson, originally owned the land the town was built on. 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.

  • Lat (DM) 52° 7' N
  • Long (DM) 104° 31' W
  • Dominion Land Survey Vossen Sec.16, Twp.37, R.18, W2
  • Dominion Land Survey Watson Sec.28, Twp.36, R.18, W2
  • Time zone (cst) UTC−6

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

Railway

  • Melfort Subdivision C.P.R—serves Lanigan, Leroy, Watson, Spalding[16]
  • Margo Subdivision Canadian National Railway[17]


Notable Watsonians

  • Dustin Tokarski – NHL Goaltender
  • Ross Lonsberry – NHL Player
  • Max McNab – NHL Player, Coach, GM
  • Rod Gantefoer – Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan MLA, Finance