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5 Interesting Facts About Milwaukee

Written by Sean Smith

Every city has interesting facts that people may or may not know even if they live in or visit the city. Milwaukee is no exception. Several of Milwaukee’s facts may even be a secret to some people. Here are five of the more interesting ones.


  1. A Treasure Is Still Buried Somewhere

In 1982, Byron Preiss wrote a puzzle book called The Secret. He buried casks, each containing a jewel, in 12 different cities. People have to use clues from verses and cryptic messages from the book in order to find the treasures. So far only two have been found. There is one treasure buried somewhere in Milwaukee because the image of City Hall is one of the clues. Information can now be found online for finding clues to the treasures.


  1. A Shipwreck in Bay View

In 1891, Lightship 57 was built and stationed at Gray’s Reef, which is at the northeastern tip of Lake Michigan. It began to fall apart, so it was brought to South Shore Beach to be used as a clubhouse. There was a storm in 1924 which completely sank Lightship 57. It remains submerged there in 6 feet of water near the shore.


  1. Assassination Attempt on Theodore Roosevelt

On October 14, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee and attending a dinner at the Gilpatrick Hotel, now known as the Hyatt Hotel. After dinner, Roosevelt was going to give a speech at the Milwaukee Auditorium. As he got into the car, John Flammang Schrank shot at Roosevelt. The bullet got lodged in Roosevelt’s chest, but first went through Roosevelt’s steel eyeglass case and his 50-page speech. Roosevelt delivered a 90-minute speech then agreed to medical attention.


  1. A Continual Well in Bay View

In 1882, the Pryor Avenue Iron Well in Bay View was dug, and to this day, it still runs continuously. Anyone can come to fill their water containers for free, although the water does have the taste of iron. The water is always checked for safety. It was a very popular place to get water during the cryptosporidium outbreak in 1993.


  1. Hubbard Park Was an Amusement Park

The Hubbard Park area in Shorewood was once a resort for high society in the late 1800s to early 1900s. In 1900, it was turned into an amusement park, called Coney Island, and had three roller coasters – L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway, the Jollier, and the Dazy Dazer. The park name eventually changed to Ravenna Park but closed down in 1917. Most of the land was sold for residential building. The traffic tunnels built in the 1890s and the creek are still used today in Hubbard Park.


No matter if you are a resident of Milwaukee or having guests from out of town, it’s worth checking out some of the hidden secrets that the city has to offer.

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Sean Smith