Historical Markers in
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

1957 World Series Champions 1992 NASCAR Champion 41 Twin Outdoor Theatre 6600 Schoolway A Changing Landscape A German Heritage A Village Emerges! A "Greenbelt Community" A.W. Rich Shoe Co. Abraham Lincoln Adrian C. "Addie" Joss Al McGuire Alan Ameche Alan Kulwicki Albert Fred Schoendienst Albert "AB" Nicholas All Saints Episcopal Cathedral Complex Allan H. Selig Allan H. "Bud" Selig Allan H. "Bud" Selig Alonzo Hauser (1909 - 1988) Aloysius H. "Al" Simmons American Candy Company American Indians in the Menomonee Valley American Wholesale Grocery Company An Ideal Location An Ideal Location An Outdoor Gallery Andy North Andy Pafko Anthony Robert Canadeo Archie Hahn Architectural Gems on the Riverfront Arlie M. Mucks Arnie Herber At the State Fair on these Grounds August "Mike" Michalske Automatic Temperature Control System B.J. Surhoff Barry Alvarez Bart Starr Baumbach Building Bay View's Rolling Mill Bay View’s Immigrants Ben Oglivie Ben Sheets Bernard E. "Bernie" Heselton Beth Heiden Bill Castro Bill Hall Bill Schroeder Bill Travers Bill Wegman Birthplace of China-Burma-India Veterans Ass'n. Birthplace of the American League Birthplace of the Department of Wisconsin American Legion Birthplace of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Black Botanical Heritage: Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church Bo Ryan Bob Harlan Bob McClure Bob Uecker Bob Uecker Bob Wickman Bobby Thomson Bodamer Log Cabin Bonnie Blair Borchert Field / The Milwaukee Bears Negro National League 1923 Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin Bradley & Metcalf Shoe Co. Brig. Gen. Rufus King’s Home Broadway Produce Co. Brown Bottle Pub/Sternewirt Priveledge Built by Thousands Burleigh Arland Grimes Byron Kilbourn B'Ne Jeshurun Synagogue Cal Eldred Calvary Cemetery Civil War Veterans Camp Harvey Captain Frederick Pabst Carferry SS Milwaukee Carl Frederick Zeidler Carl Marchese Carl Sandburg Hall Cawker Building Cecil Cooper Cecil Cooper Central Library Charles A. "Kid" Nichols Charles Allis House Charles E. "Buckets" Goldenberg Charles E. "Gus" Dorais Charles Hart Homestead Charles John Grimm Charles "Chuck" Daw Charles "Chuck" Fenske Charlie Moore Chris Bosio Christian "Chris" Steinmetz Chuck Crim Church Street Historic District Civil War Camp Clarence H. "Ginger" Beaumont Clarence H. "Pants" Rowland Clemens H. Kalvelage Warehouse Cohen Brothers Manufacturing Company, Clothiers Cold Spring Road College Women's Club Condenser House Connie Carpenter (Phinney) Conrad M. Jennings Corey Hart Court House Square Craig Counsell Dan Jansen Dan Plesac Darrell Porter Darryl Hamilton Dave May Dave Nilsson David J. "Davy" Jones David N. "Dave" Schreiner Del Crandall Dianne Holum Dick Bennett Dittmar-Robertson Building Don Gehrmann Don Kindt Don Money Don Sutton Donald Driver Donald Eugene Conley Donald "Don" Hutson Doug Melvin Dr. Alvin C. Kraenzlein Dr. Edward Strong Merrill Dr. Silas J. Sawyer and Jennie E. Sawyer Dr. Walter E. Meanwell E.R. Godfrey & Sons Co. Commission House Earl Gillespie Earl L. "Curly" Lambeau Early 1900s Business District Ed "Strangler" Lewis Eddie Mathews Edward Diederichs House Edward George Ryan Edward John Konetchy Edward P. "Ned" Allis Edward Rohnert Coffee Roasting Factory Edwin Lee "Eddie" Mathews Eleanor Was Here! Eleanor's Visit Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Enrico "Hank" Marino Erastus B. Wolcott, M.D Eric Heiden Ernest "Ernie" Nevers Every Building Tells a Story F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co. Father Marquette's Camp - 1674 Federal Building - U.S. Courthouse Felix Mantilla Fernando Viña First African-American Church Built in Wisconsin First Baptist Church First Congregational Church First Court House First Milwaukee Cargo Pier Floating Freight on Liquid Highways Forest Home Cemetery Civil War Veterans Forest Home Soldiers' Lot Fox Point School and Burying Ground Frank A. Parker Frank Elmore Bolling Frank J. Murray Frank N. Fox Frank Torre Fred Beell Fred Roethlisberger Fred Vogel Jr. Building Frederick C. Miller Frederick William Luderus Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston Friend & Marks Co., Clothiers G. Patek Warehouse Garden Homes Gazebo is Our 'Gathering Place' General Mitchell Field General Office/Executive Building Geoff Jenkins George F. McBride George Poage George Scott George Thompson George Washington George Ziegler & Co. Candy Manufacturers Gertie Golda Meir Golda Meir 1898 - 1978 Goll & Frank Co. Notions and Dry Goods Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Gorman Thomas Green Bay Road Greendale is 'Alphabetized' Greendale Was Roosevelt's Idea Greendale, Wisconsin Greendale's 'Backward Houses' Greenfield: The Last Town in Milwaukee County Greg Vaughn Guy M. Sundt Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community Hales Corners – A Farm Village Hales Corners – A Suburb Hambach Store and Residence Hank Aaron Hank Aaron - Changing Times Hank Aaron - Changing Times Hank Aaron - Changing Times Hank Aaron State Trail Hansen Storage Co. Warehouse #2 Harlan B. "Biddy" Rogers Harold E. "Bud" Foster Harrison Ludington Farm Harry Dalton Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr. Harts Mills Harvey Kuenn Harvey Kuenn Haymarket Square History Henry Aaron Henry Aaron Henry Aaron Henry "Hank" Aaron Henry "Hank" Raymonds Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Milwaukee Historic Root River / Root River Parkway Historic Site in Journalism Hoffmann & Sons Co. Grocers Holy Trinity - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Honey Creek Settlement Hose Tower and Grounds Building Howard P. "Cub" Buck Immanuel Presbyterian Church Immigrants and Silver City In Honor of the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers of the American League In Honor of the Men and Women of the 25th Ward In memory of Franklin Van Valkenburgh Indian Village Site Invention of the Typewriter Iron Block Ivan B. Williamson Jacob Best Jacques Vieau, in 1795 Jaime Navarro James Fitzgerald Jane and Lloyd Pettit Janesville Plank Road Janis K. Doleschal Jason Downer House Jeff Cirillo Jeromy Burnitz Jerry Augustine Jerry Kramer Jewett & Sherman Co. Merchant Mill Jim Colborn Jim Gantner Jim Gantner Jim Otto Jim Slaton Jim Taylor Joe Adcock John Day Buckstaff John Jaha John M. Sisk John Messmer John Powless John V. "Blood" McNally John Voight - Boerner Botanical Gardens Director, 1941-1979 John Walsh Johnny Briggs Johnny Logan Jon McGlocklin Jose Valentin Joseph A. "Red" Dunn Joseph J. Krueger Joseph Paul Torre Joseph Schlitz Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company Joseph "Unser Choe" Hauser Judith Sweet Junior Bridgeman Kalvelage Wholesale Commission House Keenan Building Ken Sanders Kenneth "Ken" Keltner Kevin Seitzer Kilbourntown Kilbourntown House Kneeland-Walker House La Vern "Lavvie" Dilweg Lake Park Lake Protestant Cemetery Lakeside Power Plant Lawson Airplane Company Lee Kemp Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Lisle "Liz" Blackbourn Little White Schoolhouse Lowell Damon House Lueddemann’s-On-The-River Mabel Wanda Raimey MacArthur Square Major General W. "Fritz" Breidster Marine Terminal Building Mark Johnson Mark Loretta Marlin M. "Pat" Harder Mathias Stein Matthew Keenan House Meadowmere Memorial Church Menomonee Valley Campsites Menomonee Valley Native Plants Mercantile Building Merrill Park Mike Caldwell Mike Fetters Mike Webster Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965 Milwaukee County Asylum Cemetery Milwaukee County Cemetery Milwaukee County War Memorial Milwaukee Fire Department Engine House #15 Milwaukee Fire Dept. Engine Co. #10 Milwaukee Interurban Terminal Milwaukee News Bldg. & Milwaukee Abstract Assn. Bldg. Milwaukee River Flushing Pump Milwaukee Road Shops Milwaukee Terminal Building Milwaukee-Downer College Milwaukee-Downer College Buildings Milwaukee's Bridge War Milwaukee's Changing Lakefront Milwaukee's Last Operating Tower Clock Milwaukee's Miraculous Mallard Mitchell Building Mitchell Park Monarch Manufacturing Co., Clothiers Moose Haas Mrs. Isabella Ryder Building National Distilling Co. National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers National Soldiers Home Nearly a Century of Planning North Point Light Station North Point Lighthouse Northwestern National Insurance Company O.C. Hansen Glove and Mitten Mfg. Co. O.R. Pieper Co. Grocers Oak Hill Cemetery Old Honey Creek School Site Old North Point Water Tower Old Sauk Trail Old St. Mary's Church Oneida Street Station Orville Cadwell Oscar Palmer Robertson Otto Kuehn Leaf Tobacco Warehouse Pabst Brewery Pabst Brewing Company Saloon & Boarding House Pabst Theater Pat Listach Pat Richter Patek Brothers, Paint, Oil & Glass Manufacturers Patrick J. "Pat" O'Dea Paul Hornung Paul Molitor Paul Molitor Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. Pere Marquette Historic Site Pete Vuckovich Phoenix Knitting Co. Plant #4 Phoenix Knitting Co. Plant #6 Phoenix Knitting Plant #3 Phoenix Knitting Works Picture This - Our Own Theatre! Power House Prehistoric Burial Mound President Abraham Lincoln Prince Fielder Prohibition Years R. D. Whitehead Monument Ralph H. Metcalfe Ray Berres Ray Nitschke Red Lights on the River Reggie White Rescue of Joshua Glover Revolutionary War Veteran Richard H. "Richie" Mitchell Richie Sexson Rob Deer Robert C. "Bob" Zuppke Robert Ray Buhl Robert Stuckert Robert "Red" Wilson Robin Yount Robin Yount Rollie F. Williams Rollie Fingers Roman Catholic Church of the Gesu Ron Dayne Roundy, Peckham & Dexter Co. Grocers S. Heller Elevator Company S. Jung Company Liquor Wholesale Saint James Court Saint John Cathedral Saint John's Infirmary Saint Mary's School of Nursing Saint Stephen Lutheran Church Sal Bando Saloon Schlitz Bottling Works / Bottlehouse A Schlitz Brewhouse A Schlitz Brewhouse B/Technical Building Schooner Lumberman Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr. Sen. Herbert Kohl Service Star Legion World War I Memorial Sherri Steinhauer Shirley Martin Shorewood Armory Shorewood High School Shorewood Village Hall Sidney Moncrief Sinking of the Lady Elgin Site of First Milwaukee County Courthouse Sixto Lezcano Solomon Juneau St. Josaphat Basilica St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church St. Paul's Episcopal Church Standard Bedding Co. Standard Paper Co. Steamer Appomattox Steinkopf & Sons Tents & Awnings Steinmeyer Building Stop on the Underground Railroad Straus Building Ted Simmons Teddy Higuera Terry Brennan The Beer Line Neighborhood's Amber Past / Through the Eyes of Milwaukee Kids The Birth of Pizza in Milwaukee The Cream City The First House on the East Side of Milwaukee The First Milwaukeeans The First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee The German Evangelical Church / Brach’s Animal Hospital The Land Survey of 1836 / Greenfield’s 1836 Greenery The Machine Shop of the World The Milwaukee River at Play The Prospect Avenue “Spite” House The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee The Volunteer-'98 Third Ward Fire This Historic Two-Story Building Was Built In 1938 Thomas Benjamin Hart House Thomas E. Jones, Sr. Tommy Bartlett Town of Lake Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Complex Turner Hall Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building Verne Lewellen Victor A. "Vic" Reinders Villa Terrace Village of Greendale Vincent T. Lombardi W. Toepfer & Sons, Iron Works W.P. Reilly & Bros. Wadhams Gas Station Walter C. Sanger Warren Edward Spahn Warren Spahn Watertown Plank Road Wauwatosa Avenue Historic District William A. "Billy" Sixty William Grossman & Co. Coffee and Tea Mill William Havon Bruton William J. "Billy" Sullivan William "Clarke" Hinkle Willie Davis Wirth, Hammel and Co., Horse Stables Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Wisconsin State Fair Park Wisconsin's Lime Industry Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper Womens Club of Wisconsin Wood National Cemetery Civil War Memorial Wood National Cemetery Memorial Section Young Saddlery Company Addition "Badger" Bob Johnson "Joey" Sangor "Mr. Baseball" "Stormin" Gorman Thomas “Sunnyhill Home”
The deadliest tornado in Wisconsin's history occurred on May 18, 1883, when a tornado swept through the town of Rochester, killing 117 people and injuring more than 200 others.
Milwaukee County, located in the southeastern part of Wisconsin, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Menominee, Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk. In the early 19th century, European settlers began to arrive and establish fur trading posts in the region.

In 1834, Solomon Juneau and Byron Kilbourn, two pioneers, founded the town of Milwaukee, which quickly grew due to its strategic location on the western shore of Lake Michigan. With access to waterways and proximity to the Mississippi River system, Milwaukee became an important trading center. In 1846, the town was officially incorporated as the City of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County was established in 1835 as one of the original counties in the Wisconsin Territory. As the population of Milwaukee grew, so did the county's importance. The city became a major industrial hub and attracted immigrants from various countries, including Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Italy. These immigrants played a significant role in shaping the culture and identity of Milwaukee.

In the early 20th century, Milwaukee County faced challenges associated with urbanization and industrialization. The county experienced growth and prosperity, but also social and economic inequality. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Milwaukee County has made efforts to address these issues through urban planning, social programs, and economic development initiatives. Today, Milwaukee County is known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, diverse population, and strong sense of community.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

  • 1834 - Milwaukee County is established as part of the Michigan Territory.
  • 1838 - The city of Milwaukee becomes the county seat.
  • 1846 - Wisconsin becomes a state and Milwaukee County remains part of it.
  • 1860 - Completion of the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad brings economic growth to the county.
  • 1893 - Construction of the Milwaukee City Hall is completed.
  • 1939 - Completion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.
  • 1950 - Milwaukee Braves, the county's Major League Baseball team, wins the National League pennant.
  • 2000 - Completion of the Milwaukee Art Museum's iconic Calatrava-designed addition.
  • 2010 - Milwaukee County opens the Oak Leaf Trail, a 125-mile multi-use trail system.