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City Streets: The Dreadful Legacy of Charles Nash
City Streets

The Dreadful Legacy of Charles Nash

His greed led to the horrible Newhall House fire. Yet a street still bears his name.

City Streets: Water Street Is Old Indian Trail
City Streets

Water Street Is Old Indian Trail

The first street built ran crooked, with gambling houses and other dens of vice.

City Streets: Jefferson Street Became Asphalt Showcase
City Streets

Jefferson Street Became Asphalt Showcase

Charles Pfister spent his own money to pave the street abutting his hotel in the new style.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Bankers Row, 1860s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Bankers Row, 1860s

Two of Milwaukee's oldest surviving buildings were banks at Water and Michigan.

City Streets: Buffalo St. Was Where Black Man Lynched
City Streets

Buffalo St. Was Where Black Man Lynched

Short street had city’s only lynching and only one of an African American in state history.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Broadway in Late 1860s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Broadway in Late 1860s

Then called Main St. and just south of Wisconsin, it boasted the Newhall House Hotel.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Wisconsin and Broadway, 1867
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Wisconsin and Broadway, 1867

The well-dressed people in the photo had to stand rigidly in place, so the photo wouldn't be ruined.

City Streets: Broadway, the Street of Tragedies
City Streets

Broadway, the Street of Tragedies

Three of the most tragic incidents in city history happened on Broadway.

City Streets: Clybourn Was Once the City’s Main Street
City Streets

Clybourn Was Once the City’s Main Street

All the lake traffic got off at Clybourn and hotels and restaurants lined the street.

City Streets: The History of Milwaukee Street
City Streets

The History of Milwaukee Street

It's one of the original village streets dating back to 1835.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Milwaukee Industrial Exposition Building, 1880s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Milwaukee Industrial Exposition Building, 1880s

Touted as the "finest in the country," the exposition hall on 5th and Kilbourn held a wide range of events.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Fire Fighters in Dress Suits, 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Fire Fighters in Dress Suits, 1880

A classic photo of workmen at Firehouse No. 1, looking like dudes about town.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Plankinton House Hotel, 1889
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Plankinton House Hotel, 1889

The Plankinton House hotel once sat on prime real estate.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Northwestern Mutual Insurance, 1886
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual Insurance, 1886

A fire burned the Newhall House hotel to the ground, but a local company would build a new home on the site.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Newhall House, 1883, After the Fire
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Newhall House, 1883, After the Fire

The fire killed 71 people but circus star Tom Thumb survived. The catastrophe became a sobering lesson for the city.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Newhall House, Late 1860s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Newhall House, Late 1860s

It was the largest and finest hotel in the West, a sign that Milwaukee was becoming a significant city.