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Village of Pewaukee

A sketch of the Oakton Springs Hotel in a frame. It shows the multiple-story adjoining buildings and their surrounding area. The facade stands on the farthest left back and faces slightly to the left. Numerous columns supported its first and second story. A tower sits atop the roof. Two sides of the tower are visible. A flag flaps above it. The hotel's name sign appears on the roof's side. The building's wing structures are situated next to the facade. A fence runs from the facade to the wings, leaving an empty bounded space between them. Some people walk the sidewalk that is built alongside the fence. Two trees and a horse-drawn vehicle appear on the street in the center foreground. Text at the bottom outside the frame reads "Oakton Spring Hotel."
The WAUKESHA COUNTY Village of Pewaukee is located approximately twenty miles west of Milwaukee on Pewaukee Lake and is bisected by the Pewaukee River. As early as 1817, white merchants began trading for shells, furs, and other goods with the Native Potawatomi, Menomonee, Sauk, and Winnebago people using the area to camp, hunt, and fish;… Read More

Village of Richfield

The Messer-Mayer mill sits on a green lawn against the blue sky. The two-and-a-half-story building features evenly spaced white windows on the brown wooden walls and a gabled roof. Fieldstones compose the base of the building. A small enclosed portico is on the left, adjacent to the main building. The portico has a door and wooden steps on the side facing the camera lens and a small window on the other sides. Tall green trees are visible in the left-to-right background.
Richfield is a village in south-central WASHINGTON COUNTY. In its early history, the future Village of Richfield was part of the Town 9, Range 19 survey township, which was the standard size of 36 square miles. This township contained farmland and several small hamlets, including Colgate, Hubertus, Lake Five, Plat, Pleasant Hill, and Richfield. The… Read More

Village of River Hills

Grayscale full shot of a group of people in equestrian attire riding horses towards the left on an open ground at the Milwaukee Hunt Club. A golf course and tall trees are visible in the far background.
River Hills is a suburb of Milwaukee. It is named for the Milwaukee River, which runs through the western part of the community, and for its rolling terrain. It is considered part of the North Shore, though it is not actually on the shore of Lake Michigan. River Hills was incorporated as a village in… Read More

Village of Slinger

Bird's eye view of the Village of Slinger in grayscale. The village's buildings appear in the background. The ground of a hill is visible in the image's foreground.
Located approximately thirty miles northwest of Milwaukee between Highway 41 and the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the WASHINGTON COUNTY Village of Slinger has blended agricultural production and heavy manufacturing with community engagement since the late 1840s. Officially incorporated as Schleisingerville in 1869, the village’s population rose slowly through its first… Read More

Village of Summit

Long shot of the grand Gustave Pabst House building against the blue sky. The two-story building stands behind a green lawn. One tree bare of leaves stands to the left of center. There are a few decorative shrubs and evergreen trees in front of the house. The image shows the mansion's entrance in the middle, sets of windows on each floor, and several chimneys atop the gable and valley roof. A walkway stretches from the entrance towards the image's right foreground.
The Village of Summit is a rural community in the LAKE COUNTRY area of WAUKESHA COUNTY, about 30 miles west of MILWAUKEE. It is bordered by the cities of OCONOMOWOC and DELAFIELD, the villages of OCONOMOWOC LAKE and DOUSMAN, and the towns of OTTAWA, Delafield, and Oconomowoc. A town for most of its history, the… Read More

Village of Sussex

Grayscale long shot of the Sussex railroad depot behind a railroad track that spans the foreground. The simple wooden building features rectangular windows, a chimney, and a gable and valley roof. A baggage cart and two cars are placed around the depot.
The Village of Sussex, the second most populous village in WAUKESHA COUNTY, is about twenty miles northwest of Milwaukee. The area’s early residents settled a village within the Town of LISBON in 1842. Their origins in Sussex, England, gave rise to the village’s nickname as “that English Settlement.” Villagers maintained English style and custom until… Read More

Village of Thiensville

Long shot of the Main Street in Thiensville. The street stretches from left to right foreground. An intersection, cars, and traffic lights appear on the far left. Several buildings line the street side. Lush green bushes and trees are visible among the buildings in the image's center.
The Village of Thiensville is a small and primarily residential area that is completely surrounded by the City of MEQUON. The village is located along the Milwaukee River in OZAUKEE COUNTY, approximately nineteen miles northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Incorporated in 1910, the village occupies 1.1 square miles. Its estimated 2013 population was 3,235. German settlers… Read More

Village of Wales

A grayscale drawing showcases the exterior view of the Wisconsin State Tuberculosis Sanatorium buildings. Two structures are visible in the background. The two-and-a-half-story building on the right has a roofed porch, dormer windows, and a cupola on the top. The building on the left is shorter and has a series of rectangular windows. Text at the top left reads "Administration Building and Refectory, Wisconsin State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Wales, Wis."
The Village of Wales emerged out of a settlement of WELSH immigrants in western WAUKESHA COUNTY. The first Welsh immigrant, John Hughes, arrived in 1840. Hughes and the Welshmen who followed him established farms which produced wheat, a vital cash crop that was sold and processed in Milwaukee. As intensive cultivation of wheat quickly exhausted… Read More

Walker’s Point

Sepia-colored elevated view of the old Union Depot sits on the left side of a street and faces to the right. Horse-drawn carriages line up alongside the street next to the depot. Horse-drawn streetcars traverse the street. A brick building with two arched windows and a flat roof can be seen in the right foreground. Other buildings appear in the far background. Text beneath the photo reads "Union Depot."
In the 1830s and the 1840s, Virginian George Walker filed, lost, and reacquired a land claim for 160 acres bordered by the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers and the contemporary Greenfield Avenue and Sixteenth Street (S. Cesar Chavez Drive). Milwaukee’s two other original settlements of Juneautown and Kilbourntown soon joined with Walker’s Point to form the… Read More

Walworth County

The many lakes in Walworth County spurred tourist development following the Civil War. Sailing on Lake Geneva, as pictured here, proved to be popular with vacationers.
Walworth County is a county in southeastern Wisconsin, comprising approximately 555.1 square miles, with a population of 102,228 according to the 2010 United States census. Elkhorn, the county seat, is approximately 41 miles southwest of the City of Milwaukee. Walworth County borders the State of Illinois, and Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Jefferson, and Rock Counties in… Read More

Washington County

Holy Hill National Shrine building and its two steep-roofed towers appear in the far distance. The shrine sits atop a hill in the image's right background against the sky that is turning yellow. Trees growing on the hill are visible in the foreground.
Present-day Washington County borders MILWAUKEE and WAUKESHA counties to the south, OZAUKEE COUNTY to the east, Dodge County to the west, and Fond du Lac and SHEBOYGAN counties to the north. The area was under the legal jurisdiction of Milwaukee County until 1839. After separating from Milwaukee County, Washington included land that is now part… Read More

Washington Heights

Long shot of Craftsman bungalow facade facing slightly to the left against a blue sky. The one-and-a-half-story building features a roofed and covered front porch and rectangular windows on the ground floor. A dormer window appears under the iconic Jerkinhead roof. Potted plants and Halloween pumpkins ornament the front stairs. The building's side and a driveway are visible on the right. Trees branches appear in the center back and right of the building. The trunk of a tall tree can be seen on the left, in the front yard. Rays of sunshine bathe the bungalow and its surrounding.
Although the neighborhood that is now Washington Heights has not always been called such, it has long been a distinctive part of the Milwaukee area. Bounded by Wisconsin Highway 175 (formerly U. S. Highway 41) on the east, North Avenue on the North, 60th street on the west, and Vliet Street on the South, this… Read More

Washington Park

A painted postcard depicts groups of people around the green landscape of Washington Park. Some traverse a bridge over the park's artificial lake, which appears in the center. Some sit on boats floating on the water body. Other groups walk on a pathway that stretches down in the right foreground. Text at the top center reads, "In Beautiful Washington Park, Milwaukee, Wis."
Washington Park is a residential NEIGHBORHOOD on Milwaukee’s West Side. Its landscape is dominated by the park that provides the neighborhood with its name. The neighborhood’s boundaries are North Avenue (north), West Vliet Street (south), Wisconsin Highway 175 (west), and North 35th Street (east). The neighborhood’s history is one of transition from AGRICULTURAL farmland to… Read More

Waukesha County

Aerial view of a portion of Waukesha County showcasing its extensive farmland and green landscape. A road stretches from the right background to the left foreground. Several houses sit on either side of the street. The blue sky is above.
Beginning in the 1600s, France, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois all claimed portions of what is now Waukesha County. Not until 1818, when the Michigan Legislature organized Brown County, did one of the most prosperous counties in Wisconsin begin to take shape. In 1834, it became part of the newly-formed… Read More

West Bend

Bird's eye view of West Bend downtown, filled with buildings separated by streets in winter. The Milwaukee River, covered by ice and snow, can be seen in the background.
The city of West Bend, the seat of Washington County, is located at the point where the Milwaukee River turns due east and flows into Ozaukee County. The area was settled by Euopean and American migrants in the 1840s and was incorporated as city in 1885. After its incorporation, West Bend transformed from a local… Read More

West Milwaukee

Low-angle shot of St. Florian Parish's facade against the blue sky. Square towers flank the facade's central section. This section features two rectangular windows flanking an arched entry door. Two potted plants are set below each window. A rose window is above the entrance in the center. The red-colored door is adorned with two red-colored crosses and a fanlight atop. The same kind of door appears on each of the towers.
The Village of West Milwaukee occupies about one square mile, roughly between 38th and 56th Street and from National to Lincoln Avenue. It is surrounded by the CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI VA MEDICAL CENTER grounds on the north, MILWAUKEE on the south and east, and West Allis to the west. Potawatomi lived in the area until… Read More

Whitefish Bay

A painted postcard illustrates a bird's eye view of Whitefish Bay Resort and its vicinity. A building appears on the left. A crowd of people walk in a walkway in the center. A water body can be seen on the right. Text at the top left reads, "Whitefish Bay Resort, Near Milwaukee, Wis."
The Village of Whitefish Bay is located about five miles north of downtown Milwaukee on the bluffs above Lake Michigan. It is primarily residential, with a retail shopping area along Silver Spring Drive. When settlers began moving into the area in the mid-nineteenth century, the area was much different. Like other early Milwaukee settlements, it… Read More

Yankee Hill

Sepia-colored image of Juneau Avenue stretching down on the left next to a line of trees growing on the road verge. Several seemingly identical dwellings with stone staircases and pillared entrances are visible on the far right. Text under the photo reads "Looking Down Division, From Jackson Street."
Yankee Hill is a neighborhood in the City of Milwaukee. The city government describes its boundaries as Ogden Avenue to State Street, between Jackson Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive, though in the past, the boundaries have extended further west to Jefferson Street or Broadway and several blocks south to either Mason Street or Wisconsin Avenue.… Read More
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