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Hales Corners

The Layton House, built in 1848, served travelers through what is now Hales Corners in the nineteenth century, shown in this photograph from 1880.
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…
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The Kissel Motor Car Company was a major industrial employer in Hartford in the early twentieth century.
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…
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The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center houses First Stage and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestera, providing a center for children in the arts from Hillside and the wider Milwaukee 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…
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Historic Third Ward

A view of East Water Street in the 1880s.
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…
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Inner Core

A 1959 report defined the portion of Milwaukee occupied primarily by African Americans as the city's "Inner Core."
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…
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This 1915 map shows the Town of Jackson, with the Village of Jackson outlined in red, as well as the unincorporated communities of Salter, Thiel Corners, Kirchhayn, and Keowns Corners.
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…
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Johnson’s Woods

A 1930 photograph of a house on 68th Avenue on a snowy March day.
Johnson’s Woods is a residential neighborhood in the City of Milwaukee between Interstate 94, the Hank Aaron State Trail, Seventieth Street, and the Wood National Cemetery. It is named for James Johnson, who purchased 141 acres of wooded land in the area in 1876. The land was part of the Town of Wauwatosa at that…
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This 2018 photograph showcases the intersection of U.S. Route 41 and Wisconsin Highway 28 in Kewaskum.
While the Village of Kewaskum exists nearly entirely within the limits of the Town of Kewaskum, the boundaries between the Village and Town frequently shifted. In 1846, the state legislature reallocated the Kewaskum area from north central Washington County to the neighboring Town of West Bend. Just a year later, the land was separated from…
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Lake Country

The Lake Country is shown in this 1890 bird's eye view.
An informal name, northwestern WAUKESHA COUNTY’s Lake Country encompasses over twenty lakes and their surrounding region. These lakes vary in size and depth from large, named lakes, like PEWAUKEE, OCONOMOWOC, and Okauchee Lakes, to small ponds. Located within easy traveling distance of both Milwaukee and Chicago, Lake Country became a popular summer destination for wealthy…
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Menomonee Valley

A 1947 aerial view of the Menomonee Valley showing the Wisconsin Gas Company's coal gas processing and storage facility near 26th and St. Paul.
The 1,200-acre Menomonee Valley has always played a central role in the economic life of Milwaukee. Flowing through it is the Menomonee River, which provided Native Americans with a canoe route from Lake Michigan into the interior and abundant resources, including menomin (Algonquin for wild rice). As European settlement increased in the late 1800s, the…
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Merrill Park

Sherburn S. Merrill's mansion,  front lawn, and driveway, set on 15 acres in Merrill Park.
The Merrill Park neighborhood is in the City of Milwaukee between Wisconsin Avenue, Interstate 94, from 27th Street, and 39th Street. It is south of the CONCORDIA neighborhood and east of PIGGSVILLE. Together, the three neighborhoods make up the “West End,” so named because in the late nineteenth century it was at the west end…
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Built in 1855, this building was home to the First Baptist Church until 2009. It was then purchased by the village and now serves as a community center.
The Village of Merton is located about 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee in WAUKESHA COUNTY, bordering the Towns of Merton and LISBON. Before European settlers arrived there, Native Americans had an encampment in the area, along with a system of trails—one of which European immigrants traveled on their way through the Wisconsin territory. In 1840,…
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Participants in a street festival run by the Midtown Neighborhood Association in May 1985.
The Midtown neighborhood is in the City of Milwaukee. Its boundaries are North Avenue to the north, Highland Avenue to the south, and Twentieth Street to the east. Highland Avenue was Milwaukee’s first boulevard. The neighborhood’s western boundary has traditionally been a railroad track that runs from about Thirtieth Street and North Avenue to Thirty-Seventh…
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The oldest brick house in Waukesha County, the Sewall Andrews House in Mukwonago is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now houses a local museum.
Named from a POTAWATOMI word meaning “Place of the Bear,” Mukwonago is located thirty miles southwest of MILWAUKEE. The Village of Mukwonago makes up the southeastern corner of the Town of Mukwonago and extends south into WALWORTH COUNTY. Mukwonago’s other neighbors include the Towns of Vernon, East Troy, EAGLE, and GENESEE, and the Village of…
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Muksego's lakes have long served as recreational attraction. In this 1941 photo, DNR employees dressed for the cold remove a net used for fish control from Bass Bay, a 100-acre embayment connected to Big Muskego Lake. Cars are parked on the thick ice on the left side of the image.
The City of Muskego lies approximately twenty miles southwest of Milwaukee in WAUKESHA COUNTY. It occupies almost thirty-six square miles. Originally, Muskego was in MILWAUKEE COUNTY and included modern-day WAUKESHA, VERNON, NEW BERLIN, and Muskego. In 1839, lawmakers subdivided Muskego into the four self-governing towns. A dispute over 431 acres of land annexed to New Berlin spurred…
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New Berlin

Members gather for the 1938 dedication of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society in New Berlin.
New Berlin is a city located in eastern Waukesha County. With an approximate population in 2010 of 39,584, it is the 16th largest city in the state. It is a six square mile area bordered by the city of Waukesha to the west, Muskego to the south, Brookfield to the north, and West Allis and…
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An 1885 bird's eye view of Oconomowoc that highlights recreational boating.
Oconomowoc, located in northern WAUKESHA COUNTY about 35 miles from Milwaukee, is named from a Potawatomi word meaning “gathering of the waters.” The histories of the City and Town of Oconomowoc are tied to their lakes—Lac La Belle, Fowler Lake, Oconomowoc Lake, and Okauchee Lake. In 1837, the first YANKEE-YORKERS established residences in the area.…
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Ozaukee County

The county seat of Ozaukee County, the city of Port Washington is also the location of the only natural harbor in the county. It is pictured here in this 1883 map.
Located directly north of MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Ozaukee County is an integral part of both the GREATER MILWAUKEE AREA and the LAKE MICHIGAN waterfront. Although it is the second smallest of Wisconsin’s counties, having only 233 square miles of land, Ozaukee County was home to 86,395 residents in 2010. These residents live within 16 municipalities—three cities,…
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The northwest portion of the Piggsville neighborhood was once located around and beneath the Wisconsin Avenue viaduct after its construction was completed in 1911.
Piggsville is a neighborhood in the city of Milwaukee. Its borders are Wisconsin Avenue to the north, Interstate-94 to the south, 39th Street to the east, and 44th Street and Miller Parkway to the west. The northwest section of Piggsville was under the Wisconsin Avenue viaduct, which was torn down and replaced in 1993. Pigssville…
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Racine County

This 1855 map shows the City of Racine (now the seat of Racine County) 14 years after it was chartered as a village and 9 years after it became a city.
Racine County was forged out of the original Milwaukee County on December 7, 1836. From the end of the Civil War to the 1950s, it ranked second in Wisconsin only to its northern lakeshore neighbor in total population, industrial development, and ethno-cultural diversity. Several of its manufacturing establishments achieved national—and even international—status. For several decades,…
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