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Milwaukee Information

MilwaukeeAs the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is one of the state’s most fascinating locations. This metropolis, also known as the Cream City, is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, and the Milwaukee River runs through a portion of the city, separating the Eastside neighborhoods from the Westside. Milwaukee has a long history, and hints of that city can be seen every day.

There were many Native American peoples who called the location where the city sits their home. At various times, the Sauk, the Ojibwe, the Ho-Chunk and the Menominee peoples all settled in is area. With its access to the lake, it was a prime place for trading, fishing and trapping.

The first Europeans to come through the area were French traders during the later part of the 1600s, but it was not settled by Europeans until close to the end of the eighteenth century. Even at that point, it was only a trading post. It was not until Solomon Juneau, who’s statue stands by the lakefront today, came to the area that it became a settlement for people of European descent.

Solomon Juneau settled in what is now the Eastside, placing his home and settling others on the land between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. Not long after, Byron Kilbourne started a competing town on the other side of the river, and the competition could be fierce. Cannon shots were fired on more than one occasion, and Kilbourn made a decree that stated that the streets of the Westside would not line up with the streets on the Eastside. Today, that leads to many of the angled bridges that are still used in Milwaukee to this day. The competition was so great that Kilbourn issued maps that negated Juneautown’s existence completely, stating on more than one occasion that the land between the river and the lake were undesirable. At the same time, a third town, Walker’s Point started in the south.

The simmering hostilities finally came to an end in 1846, when it was finally decided that the towns needed to be joined into one. The three towns incorporated into the city of Milwaukee, and Solomon Juneau was elected as the first mayor.

From its rough frontier beginnings, Milwaukee is a city that has progressed to be a vibrant cultural center. Today, it is known as the City of Festivals, which refers to its commitment to cultural entertainment and enrichment through the year. Along with many smaller festivals for a variety of reasons, the city plays host to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, which runs for 11 days during the summer.

When you are interested in learning more about Milwaukee’s fascinating history, or when you are just curious about the city’s festivals, come visit and see what Cream City has to offer you.