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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 the mouth of the Milwaukee River, 80 miles N. of Chicago, on the Chicago and Northwestern, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, the Wisconsin Central, and the Pere Marquette Rs. Lat. 43° 3' N. ; Lon. 87° 57' W. Milwaukee harbor is now one of the best harbors on the Great Lakes and the largest vessels can approach quite to the warehouses. The city is advantageously situated along the banks of the Milwaukee River and the Menomonee and Kinnickinnick tributaries, and the transportation facilities afforded by these water ways have made it one of the chief manufacturing and commercial centres of the north-central section of the Union. The chief articles of its extensive commerce are grain (wheat, barley, corn, oats, rye), flour, and lumber. Its grain-elevators have a capacity of over 6,000,000 bushels. The product of the flouring-mills, whose capacity ranks immediately after those of Minneapolis, is frequently 10,000 barrels per day. One of the most prominent industries is that of beer-brewing, the Milwaukee lager beer being known throughout the entire United States, the annual production of this beverage being between 2,000,000 and 2,500,000 barrels. Other important industries are represented in vast rolling-mill.- and machine-shops, slaughtering and packing establishments, and manufactories of engines, knit goods, leather, lumber, carriages, furniture, agricultural implements, tobacco, bricks, etc. The residence portions of the city, on high ground above the busy valleys along the streams, are noted for their beautiful shaded avenues (Grand and Prospect Avenues, Waverley Place, etc.) and elegant homes. Milwaukee contains many fine public and educational edifices, among the most prominent of which are the Federal building (erected in 1898-98), the city-hall, county court-house, chamber of commerce, exposition building (with a museum and state fish-hatchery), Layton Art Gallery, and the stately new Public Library and Museum (containing about 150,000 volumes). The city has a state normal school, an industrial school for girls, and various collegiate institutions (Concordia, Marquette, and the Milwaukee Downer Colleges), and in the vicinity is a National Soldiers' Home. The city has a number of attractive parks (Lake, Washington, Juneau, Humboldt, Riverside, etc.), some of which contain fine monumental works. The Forest Home Cemetery ranks as one of the most beautiful burying- grounds of the United States. Milwaukee was settled in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1846. It is the seat of a Roman Catholic archbishop and of a Protestant Episcopal bishop. The population in 1850 was 20,061; in 1870, 71,440; in 1880, 115,587; in 1890, 204,468; in 1900, 285,- 315. A number of thriving industrial suburbs are practically a part of the city, but they are not counted in the census figures for the city.

Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906 


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