Milwaukee lies along the shores and bluffs of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three rivers: the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic, and the Milwaukee. Ideally situated as a port city, and as a center for collecting and distributing produce, Milwaukee shipped more wheat than any place in the world.
The Menomonee Valley has historically been home to manufacturing, stockyards, rendering plants, shipping, and other heavy industry because of its easy access to Lake Michigan and other waterways.
Breweries once the home to four of the world’s largest breweries, the city was the number one beer producer in the world for many years. The city is now in the middle of a resurgence in microbreweries, nanobreweries and brewpubs with the craft beer movement
Historic Milwaukee Brewery in Miller Valley is the Oldest Functioning Brewery in the United States
The Intermodal Station near downtown and the Third Ward provides Amtrak riders access to Greyhound Lines, Jefferson Lines and other intercity bus operator;. the Amtrak Hiawatha line connects downtown Milwaukee and downtown Chicago daily.
The name Milwaukee comes from an Algonquian Word meaning Good Beautiful and Pleasant Land
The Story of Mobility in America
Maritime Museums in Historic Towns
The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society is a self-supported, nonprofit organization that collects, preserves, archives and makes available to the public materials related to Great Lakes marine history. The Society and its members are affiliated with the Milwaukee Public Library.
The Great Lakes Collection is maintained at the Library, one of the most important repositories of Great Lakes marine materials in existence. The collection contains more than 11,000 vessel files, 32,000 vessel index cards, and over 50,000 photographs and graphic images, along with books, nautical charts, manuscripts, journals, nineteenth century newspaper stories, and ship artifacts.
Emphasis is on collecting and archiving materials involving commerce and industry of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway with a focus on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, and the Upper Mississippi River System, as well as the lakes and rivers within Wisconsin. Included are records of shipwrecks, nautical charts, diving discoveries of lost ships, lighthouses, shipbuilding, storms, ports, and power- and sail-driven vessels, some going back to 1679. The Society sponsors events involving vessel, shipyard and lighthouse tours, river and lake excursions, and historical ship seminars.
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