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Milwaukee : a city built on water

Author: John Gurda
Publisher: [Madison, WI] : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Water has been so critical to Milwaukee's development that imagining the community without it is virtually impossible. Milwaukee was literally built on water -- along the shores of Lake Michigan and its three main rivers, the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic, and on top of countless tons of landfill that raised the entire city out of the wetlands in the 1850s. Water was also the driving force behind many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gurda, John, author.
Milwaukee
Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018002645
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gurda
ISBN: 9780870208652 0870208659 0870208667 9780870208669
OCLC Number: 1010584347
Description: 225 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm
Contents: In a state of nature --
To Wisconsin by water --
Water at work --
A liquid economy --
In-town up north --
Milwaukee's magnificent lakefront --
Jones Island: people of the port --
Singing a dirty song --
Troubled waters --
A turn for the better --
"Great Lakes" (a poem).
Responsibility: John Gurda ; contemporary photography by Christopher Winters.

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"Water has been so critical to Milwaukee's development that imagining the community without it is virtually impossible. Milwaukee was literally built on water -- along the shores of Lake Michigan and its three main rivers, the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic, and on top of countless tons of landfill that raised the entire city out of the wetlands in the 1850s. Water was also the driving force behind many elements of Milwaukee's evolution, for transportation, industry, recreation, sanitation, or simply as the backdrop for daily life."--Provided by publisher.

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A City and Its Water

by jmgallen (WorldCat user published 2018-11-15) Excellent Permalink

 

I have often driven through Milwaukee and have enjoyed the majesty of Lake Michigan but never appreciated the role of water in the city’s development...
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