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    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest?

    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest?

    • Republican House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • During its heyday, Milwaukee's Republican House with its 109 rooms was considered a marvel of luxury. In typical late 19th century style, its exterior featured towers, old fashioned fire escapes, balconies, flag poles and other ornate elements....
    • Remember When...the Wisconsin State Fair was mostly tents?

    • Remember When...the Wisconsin State Fair was mostly tents?

    • Wisconsin State Fair Park; Wisconsin State Fair; Agricultural exhibitions -- Wisconsin

    • This was the main concession field at State Fair Park on opening day, Aug. 29, 1921. Despite prohibition (the beer tents served "near beer" that year), a crowd of 236,585 enjoyed the fair that week. That year, the event featured a horticulture...
    • Remember When...Gordon Park featured river swimming meets?

    • Remember When...Gordon Park featured river swimming meets?

    • Gordon Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Outdoor recreation -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Swimming -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Bathhouses -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The temperature was a warm 96 degrees when the first all-city swimming meet of the season was held at Gordon Park on Sunday, July 17, 1921. The crowds gathered to view the river events from along the bridge and bathhouse, and even in canoes. ...
    • Remember When...6th and Wisconsin looked like this?

    • Remember When...6th and Wisconsin looked like this?

    • Sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Palace Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Strand Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Police -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Boston...

    • One of Milwaukee's present landmarks, the Schroeder hotel, had not yet been built when this picture was taken in 1922. The hotel didn't make the city directory until 1927. The Wisconsin theater (note the vacant lot on the left) materialized two...
    • Remember When...University School was on Hartford Ave.?

    • Remember When...University School was on Hartford Ave.?

    • Hartford Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee University School -- Buildings; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee -- Buildings; Schools -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Engelmann Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.);...

    • Milwaukee University School was founded in 1851 as the Milwaukee Educational Association by wealthy German families who sought more comprehensive educational facilities than were then available to their children. Conducted in a rented building on...
    • Remember When...the Arena opened?

    • Remember When...the Arena opened?

    • Milwaukee Arena; Arenas -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Exhibition buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Square dancing -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds

    • A weeklong program of events marked the opening of Milwaukee's new Arena in 1950. From April 9 through April 15, variety shows were presented each night featuring such entertainers as Frances Langford, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, Art...
    • Remember When...Victorian was in style on Highland blvd.?

    • Remember When...Victorian was in style on Highland blvd.?

    • Zinn, Adolph; Kieckhefer, H. J.; Highland Boulevard (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Architecture, Victorian -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Manegold, Charles, Jr.

    • These examples of Victorian architecture were once the private residences of leading Milwaukee citizens on Highland blvd. between N. 29th and N. 30th sts. The house third from left was built in 1892 for malt tycoon Aldoph Zinn. It featured a...
    • Remember When...Red Arrow park had a 'natural' wading pool?

    • Remember When...Red Arrow park had a 'natural' wading pool?

    • Kneeland's Grove (Milwaukee, Wis.); Red Arrow Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Tenth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Eleventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Michigan Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.);...

    • Originally known as Kneeland's Grove, the area which came to be called Red Arrow park once featured a natural lagoon, the exclusive domain of swans and ducks. Then, after the land was taken over by the county in 1916, the lagoon became a public...
    • Remember When...theater fans went to the Bijou?

    • Remember When...theater fans went to the Bijou?

    • Bijou Opera House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Second Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Bijou Opera House, on Second St. between Wisconsin Ave. and Michigan St., was the home of melodrama in Milwaukee at the turn of the century. The theater was part of a chain owned by Jacob Litt. According to one Milwaukee history, this...
    • Remember When...Villard Avenue looked like this?

    • Remember When...Villard Avenue looked like this?

    • Villard Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Ritz Theatre (Milwaukee, Wis.); Villa Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Motion picture theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Automobiles

    • Villard Avenue was one of the main arteries when North Milwaukee was a village and then a city. This photo, taken not too long after North Milwaukee was annexed to Milwaukee in 1929, shows a street lined with stores for every need, a bustling...
    • Remember When...'Music Under the Stars' was young?

    • Remember When...'Music Under the Stars' was young?

    • Blatz Temple of Music (Milwaukee, Wis.); Washington Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Concert programs -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Music Under the Stars; Bandstands -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds

    • The Milwaukee County Park Commission's "Music Under the Stars" series celebrates its 50th anniversary this season. The first concert was held Aug. 10, 1938, when Gilbert and Sullivan's "Gondoliers" played to 18,000 at the Blatz Temple of Music in...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee celebrated the first Earth Day?

    • Remember When...Milwaukee celebrated the first Earth Day?

    • Earth Day; Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (Milwaukee, Wis.); Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Milwaukee, Wis.); The Ox (Musical group); Crowds; Journal Company -- Buildings

    • Earth Day, formally called the "National Environmental Teach-In," was the brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.). He based it on the 1969 teach-ins and demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which culminated in a march of a quarter million...
    • Remember When...the movies cost a dime?

    • Remember When...the movies cost a dime?

    • Pastime Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Greenfield Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Motion picture theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • And the price of admission - a nickel for children, a dime for adults - included more than just movies. When the old Greenfield Theater changed hands in 1930, it became the Pastime Theater. The versatile Norbert J. Karczewski Sr. was manager,...

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