Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Stone Quarry in Menomonee Valley, 1880s

Wisconsin was a leading state for quarries. This one was where Miller Park is now located.

By - Apr 29th, 2014 11:17 am
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Menomonee Valley, c. early 1880s.

Menomonee Valley, c. early 1880s.

This is the final view of the Menomonee Valley series. This is a view of one of the stone quarries along the south bluff of the river.

The earliest quarry was begun by Hiram Story who settled here in the 1840s. The quarry produced high quality stone used for building construction. Many other quarries in this part of the state were mainly to produce lime for the manufacture of cement. “By the 1870s and 1880s, quarrying of stone had become a major industry…  and by 1890, Wisconsin ranked 12th in the nation in the number of quarries,” the Wisconsin Historical Society notes.

The Story quarry was vast. Today’s Miller Park and the northern parking lots are on the site of the quarry. Some of the Story property would later be used for residential development, creating the Story Hill neighborhood. Other stone miners competed with Story following the same bluff to west of Hawley Rd. Doyne Park is another former quarry site. This is quite a contrast to the first photo in this series of an idyllic river scene.

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

5 thoughts on “Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Stone Quarry in Menomonee Valley, 1880s”

  1. Mike Howden says:

    Wonderful stories and pics. Are you going to publish? And do you have information about areas to the east including Martin Drive Neighborhood. Apparently much of area is built on fill.
    Thanks for any leads,
    Mike

  2. Dan says:

    Hiram Story was my Great-Great Grandfather. It is fun to see a picture of the quarry. Thanks!

  3. Rob Johnston says:

    Hiram Story was the father-in-law of Robert A Johnston who was the father of Harry S. Johnston who was the father of Donald N. Johnston who was the father of Peter D. Johnston who is the father of Dan.

    I think Hiram is Danny’s great-Great-GREAT grandfather.

    I’ve never seen the picture of the quarry before. It’s awesome. I wonder if the guy standing near the top is Hiram the man.

  4. Tom D says:

    I remember a candy or cookie factory that you could see beyond the center field fence (when inside County Stadium–especially from the upper deck) in the early 1960s that said “Johnston”. Is this the same Johnston family?

  5. bill w says:

    Are there any pictures of Pigsville or history? I have heard it was a community from old family that are long gone. If there was / is such a place how do I go about getting information.

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