Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Western Menomonee Valley,1880s

Before the viaducts arrived, this part of the valley was semi-pastoral, with many stone quarries. Part 3 of series.

By - Apr 22nd, 2014 02:07 pm
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Menomonee Valley c. early 1880s

Menomonee Valley c. early 1880s

These hikers, shown in the last two week’s photos, have tramped further to the west in the Menomonee Valley. At this time (the early 1880s), there were few roads that crossed the valley. The major viaducts (across 35th St., 27th St., etc.) would not be built for decades. The iron bridge in the center is Hawley Rd., now at the western edge of the City of Milwaukee. Back then this area was still part of the Wauwatosa Township.

This setting appears more pastoral than it perhaps should. This part of the Menomonee Valley was the site of many stone quarries, none of which remain today. A viaduct would be built in 1893, approximately along the route of Wells St. to link this area with Milwaukee. This was not for vehicle traffic, however. The viaduct was for the Milwaukee & Wauwatosa Motor Railway which would transform this into a residential area.

Jeff Beutner is a collector of photographs, postcards and stereoviews of old Milwaukee. This column features these images, with historical commentary by Beutner.

2 thoughts on “Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Western Menomonee Valley,1880s”

  1. I believe the large and lovely farm home on the horizon directly above the head of the hiker on the left, is “Highland Home,” the residence of the great Edward Dwight Holton.

  2. Ted says:

    I’m really enjoying this series. Thank you.

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