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Vintage postcard of Packard Avenue. The image is divided horizontally with a panoramic view of the street on the upper portion and a handwritten letter to someone named Ellen on the bottom. The upper image shows a long wide street separating the buildings, with utility poles and streetcar wires adjacent to and above the road.
Located in Milwaukee County, just east of Milwaukee’s southernmost portion, the suburban city of Cudahy was named for city founder and meatpacker Patrick Cudahy. Cudahy is bordered by St. Francis to the north, General Mitchell International Airport to the west, Lake Michigan to the east, and Oak Creek and South Milwaukee to the south. The… Read More


A long shot of the St. John Chrysostom Church facade features the building's board and batten exterior walls in red. The main entrance doors in a brighter red are in the middle; the right door is open, showing stained glass windows in the interior. The church has steep rooflines and crosses installed atop.
The City of Delafield is a residential and resort area centered on Lake Nagawicka in the Lake Country area of Waukesha County. The Town of Delafield was created in 1842, allowing local government functions. Approximately 25 miles west of Milwaukee, Delafield was incorporated as a city in 1959. In 2010 the city’s population was estimated… Read More


Aerial shot of Milwaukee downtown displaying several skyscrapers, including the newest Northwest Mutual Company building, which is still under construction. Smaller buildings and highways appear below. The bottom portion of this image shows the Henry Maier Festival Park and part of Lake Michigan.
Milwaukee’s downtown was anomalous compared to its peer cities over a good part of its historical evolution. This uniqueness was expressed most noticeably in its relatively small size, its weaker commercial function, and its tenuous relationship to the balance of the metropolitan area. Primarily because the city was eclipsed economically by nearby Chicago, Milwaukee rarely… Read More


Long shot of a single-story Finnish log house featuring an enclosed entrance and rectangular windows. A brick chimney atop the roof releases soft grey smoke. A ladder lies on the roof's surface on the left. Another wooden ladder is positioned below it, leaning on the exterior wall. Green trees surround the sides and back of the cabin. A simple bench made of logs sits on the front green lawn.
Eagle, Wisconsin is a community in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, about 35 miles west of Milwaukee. Eagle consists of two legal entities: the Town of Eagle and the Village of Eagle. Although they are legally separate, they are closely linked by shared official services as well as community history and recreational attractions. Like most… Read More

East Side

Bird's eye view of a portion of Milwaukee's East Side displays several tall buildings, including highrise private structures on the right of the image and a public highrise tower on the left. Among them are smaller buildings, streets, and green trees here and there. Sun shines from the left to right.
Milwaukee’s East Side is the area roughly bounded by Lake Michigan to the east, the Milwaukee River to the west, the Village of Shorewood (E. Edgewood Avenue) to the north, and E. Ogden Avenue to the south. Covering a small northeast corner of the city representing only about 4% of Milwaukee’s total area, the East… Read More


An advertisement consisting of two promotional materials. The upper portion displays words and pictures promoting the 41 Twin Outdoor Theater's gala opening. The bottom portion features the "Four Faces West" movie poster on the left and the shows' schedules on the right.
Franklin originated as a heavily wooded, 36-square-mile frontier bordering Racine County and bisected by the Root River. It was inhabited by the Potawatomi and Menominee Indian tribes until the mid-1830s, when German, Dutch, and Irish immigrants began arriving to clear the land for farming. Milwaukee County put land up for sale at $1.25 per acre,… Read More

Franklin Heights

Sepia-colored aerial shot of the A. O. Smith Corporation site and its surrounding area in the Franklin Heights neighborhood. The corporation's building complex appears prominently among residential houses.
Franklin Heights is a neighborhood in the City of Milwaukee between Capitol Drive, Burleigh Street, Twentieth Street, and the railroad tracks that run through the former A.O. Smith industrial complex. While sometimes the area south of Townsend Street is not counted as part of the neighborhood, this entry uses the broader definition. Franklin Heights started… Read More


Exterior view of Stony Hill School in daylight, facing slightly to the right. Fieldstone walls shape the single-story building. The facade features double doors and a covered porch. Atop the roof is a wooden belfry and a chimney. The trees shade the school's front yard.
The Town of Fredonia is located in the northwestern corner of OZAUKEE COUNTY. The Town of Fredonia was created out a portion of the Town of Port Washington in 1847. The Town contains the Village of Fredonia and the unincorporated communities of Waubeka and Little Kohler. The Town of Fredonia was settled by GERMAN and… Read More


Outdoor sign made of wood is inscribed "Willkommen in Germantown." The words are set between a man and woman figure in traditional German clothing and under images of German-style buildings and fur trees. Next to it is a small board that reads "Best Places to Lives, Money Magazine's 2007 Great American Towns."
Designated in 1836 as Wisconsin Territory’s “Town Nine,” the area that became Germantown was the oldest settlement in WASHINGTON COUNTY. Following the removal of the area’s native POTAWATOMI people in the 1830s, speculator Anthony Wiesner and pioneer Levi Ostrander became the settlement’s first white residents. GERMAN and IRISH immigrants and Yankee migrants dominated this early… Read More


Sepia-colored long shot of a group of people standing in front of Doornek & Wranovsky Blacksmiths shop. A horse-drawn cart is parked on the left. Two people on the right each sit on horses. Two other horses appear from inside the shop's opened entrance. The building with wooden walls features a chimney and the store sign on its roof. The road in the foreground is muddy.
Originally a town within MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Granville is now a neighborhood located on the CITY OF MILWAUKEE’s northwest side. Created in 1840 by the territorial legislature, the Town of Granville extended north from Hampton Avenue to County Line Road and west from 27th Street and Range Line Road to 124th Street. The majority of this… Read More


Grayscale wide shot of two small children walking in the middle of a long street in one of Greendale's residential areas. Multiple identical, unadorned suburban houses line the left side of the street.
The federal government developed Greendale in 1936 as part of the Resettlement Administration’s (RA) Greenbelt Towns Program. Some historians, such as Paul Conkin, consider the greenbelt communities built under this program to be one of the most innovative New Deal initiatives. Resettlement Administration head Rexford Guy Tugwell is credited with the idea for these towns.… Read More


Wide shot of Greenfield's Spring Mall parking area in grayscale. Rows of cars park in the center, and the stores line the edge of the parking lot in the background of the photograph. Pick'n Save, Fish Galore, and Blue J Hardware storefront signs are among others visible in the mall's exterior wall.
Surveyed for settlement in 1836 and created as the Town of Kinnickinnic in 1839, the 36 square mile area between present Greenfield and College Avenues and 27th and 124th Streets was soon renamed “Greenfield,” the title of its post office, in 1841. There is no known association for its name; there are “Greenfields” in many… Read More

Hales Corners

Grayscale photograph of Layton House's facade. Two horse-drawn vehicles and a small group of people stand in front of the building. The main building consists of three stories, with a roof topped by three chimneys. One wing on its left comprises two stories. Inscribed on the main building's exterior wall is "Layton House by V. Shuette." Adjacent to the wing is a one-story barn labeled "Layton House Barn."
The Village of Hales Corners possessed a strong identity from 1836, when the first white settlers arrived, but it did not attain legal independence until 1952. The area that is today Hales Corners was initially part of the Town of Lake and then the Town of Kinnickinnic (renamed Greenfield in 1841), which included present day… Read More

Halyard Park

Flowing water on a fountain made of stone with "Halyard Park" inscribed on its surface. Lawn, green trees, and a low-rise building are visible in the background.
Halyard Park is often referred to as a “suburb within a city.” Despite major changes to the physical landscape caused by freeway construction and urban renewal, Halyard Park is one of the longest-standing, black, middle-class, residential neighborhoods within BRONZEVILLE. It is located between Interstate 43, North Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, and Walnut… Read More


High angle shot of a long street in Harambee neighborhood filled with a huge crowd walking in different directions. Some people stand and sit in front of commercial buildings in the right portion of this image.
Milwaukee’s “Harambee” neighborhood is named from the Swahili meaning “pulling together.” The neighborhood is bounded by Interstate-43 to the west, Holton Street to the east, North Avenue to the south, and Keefe Avenue to the north. Its northern boundary is sometimes defined as Capitol Drive, which includes the Williamsburg Heights neighborhood. This entry uses the… Read More


Black-and-white postcard featuring a railroad yard and the Kissel Motor Car Company building in Hartford. Long and crisscrossing railway track lines dominate the left portion of the postcard.
Once a remote trading site along the Rubicon River inhabited by Potawatomi and Menominee peoples, Hartford has evolved over the past two centuries into a bustling center of industry, recreation, and civic engagement. The Town of Hartford was incorporated as the Town of Wright in 1846. The Village of Hartford incorporated in 1871 and became… Read More


Facade of Milwaukee Youth Arts Center in daylight. The institution's logo signages are attached to two sides of the modern building's exterior walls. Landscaping plants and lawn decorate the main entrance and its surrounding area.
Hillside is a neighborhood in the City of Milwaukee. It was named after World War II for the homes that were built literally on the hillside that forms the neighborhood. Its boundaries are traditionally defined as Walnut Street to the north, Fond du Lac Avenue/McKinley Avenue to the south, Interstate 43 to the west, and… Read More

Historic Third Ward

High-angle view of East Water Street in sepia color. Buildings stand side by side along the long road. Some horse-drawn vehicles and a streetcar pass on the street. Two rail track lines are visible throughout the road.
The Historic Third Ward, often known simply as the “Third Ward,” is a neighborhood within the City of Milwaukee. It lies mostly south of Interstate 794, between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. In 1984, seventy-one buildings, spanning more than a dozen city blocks, were accepted by the National Register of Historic Places as “The… Read More

Inner Core

A map of Milwaukee census tracts with areas divided into plots and numbered. Some areas are outlined and grouped into one zone by a thick black line. The map describes the zone as "The Inner Core-North."
In 1959, Mayor FRANK ZEIDLER called a public conference and assembled a group of community activists and researchers to discuss the “Social Problems of the Core of the City.” The group’s final report was issued on April 15, 1960. Titled “Mayor’s Study Committee on Social Problems in the Inner Core Area of the City” but… Read More


A plat map entitled "Plat of Jackson" shows property ownership in the Town of Jackson, Washington County. Both the size and owners of farmsteads are noted, along with the acreage of the property. In the left center of the square-shaped map is the Village of Jackson area outlined by black dash-dotted lines and red dash-dotted lines.
Located in southeastern Washington County, and originally 36 square miles, the Town of Jackson incorporated on January 21, 1846. Early settlers of the Town made land entries as early as 1843. The Town experienced rapid settlement; just two years later 149 land entries were made. A majority of the early settlers of the Town of… Read More