Carl Baehr
City Streets

Reservoir Ave. Was Font of City’s Water

And part of street, now named Glover, celebrates the freeing of famed fugitive slave.

By - Oct 24th, 2016 02:27 pm

And part of street, now named Glover, celebrates the freeing of famed fugitive slave. Back to the full article.

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Categories: City Streets, History

6 thoughts on “City Streets: Reservoir Ave. Was Font of City’s Water”

  1. Doug Lueck says:

    Carl –

    Great article. But, I need some help as one geographical reference throws me.

    “The rest of Reservoir Avenue, which ran west to N. 14th Street and east to Garfield Avenue, retained its name.”

    Reservoir and Garfield are parallel. Shouldn’t the above sentence read “east to Holton Street”?

    A Doug who lived his back in the day adolescent years on Booth and North next door to His Honor.

  2. Carl says:

    Thanks, Doug. The two streets are parallel until Reservoir intersects with Buffum then it veers to the northeast and terminates at Garfield just before Humboldt.

  3. Chuck Cooney says:

    Fine article, it was good to see the Glover Street name change project still of interest. Congratulations on you upcoming book about the Irish in Milwaukee. You might be interested in a piece I wrote about the Irish in Milwaukee for the Encyclopedia of the Irish in America published by the University of Notre Dame Press, 1999, pages 609-611. We are living in California now, but are always happy to hear what’s happening in Milwaukee. Let us know when your book is published. It is a must read for me! Chuck

  4. Ken says:

    Best park in the city! Hurray Riverwest!

  5. Sadly, Holton’s role in the Glover rescue is often overlooked. It is no coincidence that Holton and Booth run next to each other. Holton funded Booth’s journalism, and served as treasurer of the committee to defend Booth in court. That, and much more of the abolition movement was due to Holton. He was barely 40 when the street was named in honor of his accomplishments. My hero, Edward Dwight Holton.

  6. Carl says:

    Mr. Michael Horne, You are correct, it is no coincidence that Holton and Booth Streets run next to each other. Developer Otis B. Hopkins named them both in 1857. Since Holton is your hero, I invite you to be a guest writer for the City Streets column and write an article on Holton Street. What do you say?

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