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Drawing the Line from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Discover how businessmen and the legislature cooperated to create Wisconsin's first railroad.

Photograph

Piggsville

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: Small neighborhood of the city at the west end of the Menomonee River Valley. Overhead is the second Wisconsin Avenue Viaduct, demolished in 1992. Cars a...

Date:  date unknown

Description: People lined along a bridge watching a steamboat in difficulty.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Snowy Milwaukee street with the Edgewood streetcar, pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages. Men and women pass by a clock on the sidewalk. A Gimbels sign...

Photograph

Downtown Street

Date:  ca.

Description: A downtown Milwaukee street with beer wagon, pedestrians, a bicyclist, and a horse-drawn wagon loaded with beer barrels.

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: This map shows streets, railroads, parks, cemeteries, and a proposed harbor. The top margin includes an advertisement for Delco Motor Oil and the right mar...

Photograph

Wisconsin Avenue

Date: 1951 ca.

Description: Wisconsin Avenue at Sixth Street, looking east from near the front of the Milwaukee Public Library (left foreground). Taken at night; lighted clocks read 9...

Date: 1940 

Description: This map is pen and ink on paper and is map 6 in a series of 12. The map shows streets, and the Milwaukee River.

Photograph

Boy Scout Parade

Date: 1938 

Description: Elevated view. As part of Boy Scout Day at the Wisconsin State Fair, a contingent of scout flag bearers marches over the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge over the M...

Historical Essay

Land Speculation and Cities

How Real Estate Owners Created Wisconsin

Discover how land owners promoted their towns and villages for settlers and created the cities you know today.

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: This map shows streets, railways, bus lines, railroads, roads, parks, cemeteries, Lake Michigan, and a proposed harbor. Also included is a legend and on th...

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: A young girl dances near a man wearing a tie on the announcer's platform at a Civilian Defense Rally. To the far left a microphone is visible, and in the b...

Postcard

Plankinton House

Date: 1910 before

Description: Postcard with image of hotel in the upper left corner. View looking east on Grand Avenue from the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street. Plankinton Block w...

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: A young girl stands behind a microphone on the announcers platform at a Civilian Defense Rally. In the background are a road and commercial buildings.

Date: 1865 

Description: After the fire of Oct. 22, 1865. The house takes up most of the image to the right, with burnt trees on the left, and a building in the background. The r...

Date: 1956 after

Description: A monument to Milwaukeeans killed in the Second World War and the Korean Conflict. Night view, with building lit internally, with light coming out of large...

Date: 1940 

Description: This map is pen and ink on paper and is map 7 in a series of 12. The map shows streets and a railroad line.

Date: 1938-12 ca.

Description: A device spraying water to create an ice rink. The rink was 115 x 200 ft. and was opened sometime during Christmas week 1938. There are houses and pedestri...

Date: 1953 ca.

Description: Harness racers are shown in action at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, with an audience watching from the grandstand.

Photograph

Hilton Guest Room

Date: 1982 

Description: Typical room at the Milwaukee River Hilton Inn in MIlwaukee.

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