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"Milwaukee, a city, port of entry, county seat of Milwaukee co., and the most populous city of Wisconsin, is situated on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Milwaukee River, 85 miles N. of Chicago, and 80 miles E. of Madison. Lat. 43°3'45" N.; lon. 87°57' W. The Milwaukee River approaching from the N., almost parallel with the lake shore, is joined about half a mile from its mouth by the Menomonee River, which flows in from the W., and nearer its mouth by the Kinnickinnick River, which comes from the S.W. The largest steamers on the lakes can ascend the Milwaukee River 2 miles from its mouth, and boats can also ascend the Menomonee and Kinnickinnick Rivers for a long distance. A large amount of money has been expended by the general government in the improvement of Milwaukee harbor, and it is now one of the best harbors on the Great Lakes..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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Milwaukee River, At Milwaukee
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Patton's Sun-Proof Paint

Jas. E. Patton Co., Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A.

Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898

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Rich's Patent
Julia Marlowe Shoes
The Most Perfect Fitting Foot Wear Ever Made

The Rich Shoe Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898

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Men's "Holeproof" Sox
Kalamazoo Knitting Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
August 1898

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Wonderland, looking from Chutes toward Tower, Milwaukee, Wis.

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Normal School, Milwaukee, Wis.

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Caswell Block
Grand Ave. and West Water St.

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History and News of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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  • 1833 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin founded
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  • 1846 - January 31 - After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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  • 1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, an inventor and journalist, patented the first typewriter.
    It wrote only in capital letters. On the first model, the types, each on a separate bar, struck upward against a sheet of paper and knocked the paper ... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - An arch of a dry kiln, at Milwaukee, just being finished, gave way a few days ago,
    burying three men beneath the ruins. Two of them - Fred Garside and August Doperfhul - were killed. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869
  • News  1872 - German
    Of the 7,000 school children in Milwaukee, 2,761 are of German parentage, and 3,585 are studying German. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 2, 1872
  • News  1879 - Burning of a Distillery Near Milwaukee
    AT MILWAUKEE.
    MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 16.- Rindskopt's distillery and the surrounding sheds were destroyed by fire this morning. The distillery is... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - April 2 - Some of the Queer Happenings of a Few Days.
    In a Milwaukee, Wis., school, a little boy was so bad that it became necessary to expel him. It has just been discovered that the little fellow has... Read MORE...

  • News  1883 - January 10 - Fire at uninsured Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin kills 71. General Tom Thumb of P T Barnum fame, escapes unhurt
    The deadliest fire in Milwaukee history occurred at the Newhall House hotel on January 10, 1883 on the corner of Michigan Street and Broadway.... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - May 5 - The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
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  • News  1889 - A BIG BREWERY BURNED. THE IMMENSE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FAUK, JUNG & BORCHERT COMPANY AT MILWAUKEE, WIS., ENTIRELY DESTROYED
    THE LOSS WILL REACH NEARLY $1,000,000 AND INCLUDES THE CONSUMPTION BY THE FIRE FIEND OF 52,000 BARRELS OF BEER.
    Milwaukee, July 5 - The entire... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - HOTEL FIRE IN MILWAUKEE. Firemen Fighting Flames on the Roof of Grace Hotel Fall with the Walls - Five of Them May Die.
    MILWAUKEE, Wis., July 18. - Fire to-night destroyed the Grace Hotel, a four-story brick structure, at the corner of Park and Reed Streets, on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - ACRES WERE SWEPT OVER NOTHING SPARED IN THE PATH OF MILWAUKEE'S FIRE.
    UPWARD OF THREE THOUSAND PERSONS HOMELESS AND THE PROPERTY LOSS ESTIMATED AT $6,000,000 - REMARKABLE SWIFTNESS WITH WHICH THE FLAMES SPREAD.

    By... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - Digging For a Fortune
    MILWAUKEE, Jan. 14. - Dr. J. Kasten, son-in-law of Mrs. Schrum, who was burned to death in the Cream City hotel Friday, put in the entire night... Read MORE...

  • February 20, 1898 - Drifts of snow around Milwaukee measured fifteen feet high.
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  • 1899 - Milwaukee's Arthur Oliver Smith developed the first steel automobile frame, a significant contribution to the development of the automobile in the United States.
    The pressed steel frame was considerably lighter and less costly than the structural steel frames then available. At the time, the small Milwaukee... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Milwaukee, the most populous city of Wisconsin, a port of entry and county seat of Milwaukee Co., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, at... Read MORE...

  • 1910 - Ole Evinrude of Milwaukee designed the first commercially successful outboard gasoline engine for boats. It was a 1 horsepower, 62-pound iron engine, and sold for $62.
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  • News  1911 - SEIDEL BURNED BY HEATER. Flames Scorch His Face on Lighting One in Bathroom.
    MILWAUKEE, Wis., July 4. - Mayor Emil Seidel was burned about the head and face today when a puff of flame burst from a gas heater which he lighted... Read MORE...

  • 1912 - October 14 - Teddy Roosevelt shot while campaigning in Milwaukee
    John Flammang Schrank attempts to assassinate Theodore Roosevelt. historyorb.com
  • News  1915 - FIREMEN POISONED BY ARSENIC FUMES
    Seven Men Including Deputy Chief Langford Overcome After Leaving Small Blaze.

    FIVE SENT TO HOSPITAL

    Blaze at Which Men Were Prostrated Like... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - November 24 – In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 9 members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb
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    November 24, 1917
  • 1954 - October 27 - WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
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  • 1955 - Milwaukee - Operation Alert
    On June 15-16, 1955, Milwaukee participated in "Operation Alert," a National Civil Defense Test Exercise that simulated an atomic bomb evacuation for ... Read MORE...

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