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The Kashubes’ Polka Picnic

The annual picnic celebrates the 73 years (until 1943) that these Polish ancestors lived on Jones Island.

By - Aug 6th, 2013 03:29 pm
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The annual picnic celebrates the 73 years (until 1943) that these Polish ancestors lived on Jones Island. Back to the full article.

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3 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: The Kashubes’ Polka Picnic”

  1. Jeff Jordan says:

    I really enjoyed this article. In my research on this part of Milwaukee’s history,I am still looking for the park. I guess it’s easy to miss.
    Does anyone know where the original shipping channel that was filled in after the Army Corp built the current shipping channel., is located.

  2. Brian Jacobson says:

    Jeff — most of the landmarks and coastal shapes were completely obliterated by the takeover–including the street names and shipping lanes. The original inlet would have been on the northeast side and shaped N-S. Traces of a few streets, like “Carferry Drive”, follows original routes (my favorite, “Mahnawauk”).

    The Park is on the west coast almost parallel to the Allen-Bradley Clock. Follow the main roads on the eastern half until you reach the fenceline where the road crosses straight west across several rails and boxcars (the western road along the salt storage domes is all tore up right now).

    *To get a better look at the island around 1888, UWM has a good set of maps available to view online that you can zoom in on, like so: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/zoom/am000138.cfm

  3. Linda Tolzman says:

    We are very interested in the Kazsubes we just sit on Jones Island , and imagine how the people worked so hard !

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