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The Cream City

 
 
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By Paul F, January 8, 2008
1. The Cream City Marker
Inscription. Milwaukee is known as “The Cream City” not because of dairies or breweries, but because of its historic pale yellow brick buildings constructed throughout the 19th century. These buildings are a distinctive “cream” color because they are made from clay with more calcium and magnesium than clay used to make common red brick. The Menominee River valley to the north was a primary source of the yellow clay in “cream city” brick. These bricks were highly sought by builders to adorn facades of 19th century buildings including those outside Milwaukee.

To the south is a large concentration of 19th century “Cream City” brick buildings. They are located in Walker’s Point Historic District, which is one of the three original settlements that later became the city of Milwaukee. Many of these historic buildings have been restored and are in use today. Take time to see the buildings that gave Milwaukee its nickname “The Cream City.”
 
Erected 2002 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 476.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 1.61′ N, 87° 55.191′ W. Marker
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By Paul F, January 8, 2008
2. The Cream City Marker
is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Click for map. Marker has been relocated inside the foyer of the building at 700 West Virginia. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 West Virginia Street, Milwaukee WI 53204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Floating Freight on Liquid Highways (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holy Trinity - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Stephen Lutheran Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Milwaukee Fire Department Engine House #15 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sinking of the Lady Elgin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bradley & Metcalf Shoe Co. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pabst Brewing Company Saloon & Boarding House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Young Saddlery Company Addition (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
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By Paul F, January 8, 2008
3. The Cream City Marker
Entrance to building at 700 West Virginia Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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