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History of Milwaukee

History of Milwaukee
June 13, 2019

Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city and it lies on Lake Michigan where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers come together. Before the Europeans arrived, Milwaukee was a neutral ground shared by several Indian tribes. The city’s modern history began in 1795, when fur trader Jacques Vilau built a post along on the East side overlooking the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers. In 1818 he transferred his Milwaukee assets to his son-in-law Solomon Juneau. Juneau is considered the first white permanent resident and founder of Milwaukee. In 1831 he became an American citizen and began to learn English. In 1833 he partnered with Morgan Martin to develop a village on the East side. Over the next 20 years Juneau served as Milwaukee’s postmaster and mayor. He built its first hotel and courthouse, laid streets, built houses, and started its first newspaper. Between 1835 and 1850 the population of Milwaukee grew to more than 20,000 settlers spread in three villages. In 1846 they were incorporated into a single city named Milwaukee.

Milwaukee became a center of brewing and grain trading, foundry, machinery and metalworking industries.

During the depression Milwaukee suffered a huge blow leading to almost 50% of the population losing their jobs. During the World War 1 the demand of huge amounts of factory goods between 1941 and 1945 improved the employment rates in the city.

Since 1970 manufacturing has been dominant in Milwaukee’s economy, but heavy machinery tools engines in brewing has maintained a big role in the city’s existence. Over the years Milwaukee has become a center of a few retail conglomerates like Kohl’s, and General Electric in the medical field, whose business has increased the economical development of the city and has formed the recent days outlook of it. In 2014 Milwaukee was ranked as the 31st largest city in the USA. The city’s population is 600,155.

Milwaukee has been the beer capital of Wisconsin since 1856, and the home of more than two dozen breweries including Miller, Schlitz, Blatz and more.

The modern typewriter using the “QWERTY KEY” set up was invented in Milwaukee.

The city’s nick name of “Cream City” stems from the light colored bricks the builders used in the 19th Century to build majority of the buildings here.

Milwaukee is also known as the “City Of Festivals” for the various cultural celebrations during summer time, including the largest music festival in the world called Summerfest.

In 1901 mechanical engineer William Harley designed a bicycle with a single cylinder engine. He was joined by his childhood friend Arthur Davidson in making motorcycles in the Davidson family property. They patented the first two cylinder motorcycle engine and that’s how the company Harley Davidson company was founded. Today Harley Davidson is the biggest motorcycle making company in the world.

The Milwaukee Public Museum hosts the world’s largest dinosaurs skull-9 foot by 8 foot Torosaurus cranium.

Milwaukee’s Art Museum has the most unique architectural building in the shape of a ship, where the wings open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The installation known as the Burke Brise Soleil has the wingspan of Boeing 747 and it has sensors that will automatically close up the wings if there is winds 23 mph or higher.

In 1970 Seattle Pilots went bankrupt, they moved the team to Milwaukee, and named it Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee is the home of the oldest continuously run professional soccer team in the USA-The Milwaukee Wave.

Milwaukee host a bronze statue of the fictional character Arthur Fonzarelli “Fonzie” from the American sitcom “Happy Days”. It is located on the Milwaukee River walk south of Wells street.

Milwaukee is also the home of the Milwaukee Bucks, that was founded in 1968 as an expansion team. Today The Bucks hold the best record in the NBA league which guarantees them the number one seat in the Eastern conference.