Carl Swanson

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Lost Milwaukee: When Police Handed Out Courtesy Cards
Lost Milwaukee

When Police Handed Out Courtesy Cards

And how the arrest of a Riverwest business owner ended the practice.

Lost Milwaukee: Riverwest Had World’s Largest Color Printing Press
Lost Milwaukee

Riverwest Had World’s Largest Color Printing Press

In 1922, genius innovator Leslie Claybourn built a unique factory on Humboldt and Keefe.

Lost Milwaukee: The Mighty Grand Avenue Viaduct
Lost Milwaukee

The Mighty Grand Avenue Viaduct

A bridge with arches larger and longer than any in America but an avenue 75 miles shorter than first planned.

Lost Milwaukee: The Man Who Made Milwaukee
Lost Milwaukee

The Man Who Made Milwaukee

Fur trader Solomon Juneau arrived here in 1818 and saw the potential of Milwaukee.

Lost Milwaukee: The Man Who Dreamed of Locks
Lost Milwaukee

The Man Who Dreamed of Locks

How Harry Soref built a company that produced 80,000 padlocks per day.

Lost Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Sweetest Story
Lost Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Sweetest Story

Once among nation’s top 5 candy producers, with 16 companies and the fabled Giant Bar.

Lost Milwaukee: The Icehouses of Old Milwaukee
Lost Milwaukee

The Icehouses of Old Milwaukee

Two were run by breweries on the Milwaukee River. Fragments of them still can be found.

Lost Milwaukee: The Owls of Port Washington Ave.
Lost Milwaukee

The Owls of Port Washington Ave.

In 1922, the secret Order of Owls built a beautiful nest that still stands.

Lost Milwaukee: The History of the Milwaukee Clipper
Lost Milwaukee

The History of the Milwaukee Clipper

Unlike its two sisters ships, the Milwaukee Clipper still survives. You can even tour it.

Lost Milwaukee: How a Riverside Roadway Was Stopped
Lost Milwaukee

How a Riverside Roadway Was Stopped

It was all because of the picture-postcard 1927 Capitol Drive Bridge.

Lost Milwaukee: The Lady and the Light
Lost Milwaukee

The Lady and the Light

For 33 years, the North Point Lighthouse was operated by an extraordinary woman

Lost Milwaukee: Thrills on the Wells Street Viaduct
Lost Milwaukee

Thrills on the Wells Street Viaduct

For 60 years streetcars rattled across the 2,085-foot-long bridge, 90 feet above the Menomonee River Valley.

Lost Milwaukee: Riverwest’s Hidden Landmark
Lost Milwaukee

Riverwest’s Hidden Landmark

When the Riverwest Pumping Station opened in 1924, its massive pumps set a world record.