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A territorial leader lays out imaginary city blocks in Milwaukee (1835).

Manuscript map of Milwaukee, 1835

Henry Baird, an early settler of Green Bay, proposed this division of land in Milwaukee in 1835. It shows the area east of the Milwaukee River and proposes several street names never used. Milwaukee had few white settlers at this time, and its real estate was still largely in the control of three private investors. Hand-drawn maps such as this were employed by promoters and developers to attract speculators and settlers, and the manuscript note at the bottom was necessary to assure prospective buyers that it was an authentic copy of the legal plat on file in the county land office. Click "Zoom & Pan" for a closer look.

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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
The Founding of Major Cities
Creator: Baird, Henry
Pub Data: Unpublished manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society map collection (GX 9029 M663 1835 E)
Citation: Baird, Henry S. Manuscript map of Milwaukee, 1835, in the Wisconsin Historical Society map collection (GX 9029 M663 1835 E). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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