Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is located in the southeastern part and is the largest city in the U.S. State of Wisconsin. Brew City. Milwaukee is a modern city and is known for its brewing and motorcycle traditions. The city is home to the corporations Miller Brewing and Harley Davidson and to 5 Fortune 500 companies. Milwaukee has a rich European history with many immigrants from Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and Poland arriving in the 1840s to work. The world's largest music festival, Summerfest, attracts about 1 million visitors every summer and the city has advertised itself as the City of Festivals.

To See And To Do In Milwaukee

  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • Miller-Coors Brewing Company Tour
  • Historic Milwaukee Tour
  • Summerfest
  • Allen-Bradley Clocktower
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Charles Allis Art Museum
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Pabst Mansion
  • Discovery World Museum
  • US Bank Center
  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  • City Hall
  • Mitchell Park Domes
  • Forest Home Cemetery
  • Discovery World Museum at Pier Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee County Zoo
  • Hoan Bridge
  • The Domes
  • St. Josaphat Basilica
  • Milwaukee Boat Line Sightseeing Tours

History Of Milwaukee - Timeline

In 1634, the European explorer Jean Nicolet met the Ho-Chunk tribe, also known as Winnebago, in the area but the hostilities prevented further contact at the time. In 1674, native Indians traded furs with the French who had followed the French explorer Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette to the area.

In 1679, the French explorer Robert de La Salle visited the area. (He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada). In 1795, the French Canadian fur trader, Jean Baptiste Mirandeau, settled in Milwaukee and established a fur-trading post and the French trader Jacques Vieau established a series of trading posts.

In 1818, the first permanent settler, Solomon Juneau, came to Milwaukee and he is one of the city's founders. In 1820, Juneau purchased Jacques Vieau's trading post at the mouth of the Milwaukee River. In 1822, Solomon Juneau built the first log house and 2 years later, in 1824, he built the first frame building.

In 1825, Juneau took over most of the trading posts in the area and now called the place Juneautown. In 1835, Solomon Juneau was the postmaster and the town now had a two-story house, a store, and a hotel. In 1837, Juneautown became a town and changed its name to Milwaukee. Also in 1837, the newspaper Milwaukee Sentinel was founded. (Today's Journal Sentinel).

In 1840, many immigrants from Germany arrived to work and Milwaukee became a boom-town and the first brewery was opened. In 1843, the Milwaukee Beethoven Society was formed. In 1844, the first Episcopal diocese of the Catholic church was erected in the town and the Pabst Brewing Company was founded.

In 1845, the Milwaukee Bridge War took place. It was a conflict between different regions over the construction of a bridge crossing the Milwaukee River. Bridges were destroyed and several people were injured.

In 1846, Milwaukee became a city. In 1847, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist was built. In 1848, more immigrants from Germany arrived after the failure of the German revolution. In 1850, more than 20,000 people lived in the city. In 1851, the first railroad train in Wisconsin run from Milwaukee to Waukesha. In 1854, the Bryant & Stratton College was established. In 1855, Miller Brewing Company was founded. In 1858, the Milwaukee Bar Association was founded.

In 1860, a horse-drawn street railway began to operate. In 1866, the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church was founded by Polish immigrants. In 1867, the typewriter was invented in Milwaukee. In 1880, nearly 30% of the city's population were Germans. In 1881, the Marquette University was established.

In 1882, the Milwaukee Art Museum was established. Also in 1882, Pabst Mansion was built. It was the home to Captain Frederick Pabst who founded the Pabst Brewing Company. The four-story building Turner Hall was also built in 1882. In 1885, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was established. In 1886, unarmed demonstrators were fired upon by the National Guard. Seven people were killed. In 1895, the City Hall was completed.

In 1900, over 285,000 people were living in the city and the actor Spencer Tracy was born. In 1901, the Basilica of St. Josaphat was built. In 1903, the Harley-Davidson company was founded and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music was built.

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest. The bullet passed through his metal glasses case and a fold 50-page copy of a speech. In 1920, the Hamilton Airport was built. (Today's General Mitchell International Airport). In 1933, Gene Wilder was born in the city and the Florentine Opera Company was founded.

In 1940, the Grammy Award-winning singer Al Jarreau was born in the city. In 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was founded. In 1962, the Rockwell Automation Headquarters and Allen-Bradley Clock Tower was completed. In 1968, the first Summerfest was held. In 1988, the indoor arena BMO Harris Bradley Center opened. In 2001, the ballpark Miller Park was completed. It is home to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2008, the Harley-Davidson Museum opened.