“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Milwaukee Road Shops

Milwaukee Road Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, July 3, 2015
1. Milwaukee Road Shops Marker
Inscription. From 1879 to 1985, this was the location of the Milwaukee Road Shops. The enormous complex made rail cars and locomotives for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Shops included carpentry, metal forging, machine assembly, welding, and painting facilities.

Originally located near 6th and Florida streets, the railroad created sixty acres of land by moving the Menomonee River and filling in the Valley wetlands from 27th Street all the way to 44th Street. The Shops eventually spanned 160 acres.

Workers here built and maintained the engines and cars for the Milwaukee Road. In 1907, workers at the Shops built 10 locomotives per month and 28 freight cars per day. By 1937, the Shops made 668 locomotives and nearly 67,000 freight cars.

As trucks and airplanes became the primary transport for people and freight, rail use declined. The Shops closed in 1985, and today only two smokestacks remain.

In 1922, the Milwaukee Road Shops comprised the third largest railroad and rail car complex in the United States. Between 1941 and 1950, workers at the Milwaukee Road Shops constructed more than 20,000 freight cars, 165 cabooses, and 220 passenger cars. The Shops were best known for producing cars for Hiawatha trains between 1934 and 1948.
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Menomonee Valley Today, under the 35th Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, July 3, 2015
2. Menomonee Valley Today, under the 35th Street Bridge
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Location. 43° 1.669′ N, 87° 57.505′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on Canal Street near West Milwaukee Road, on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53214, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Machine Shop of the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merrill Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Allan H. Selig (approx. 0.7 miles away); Henry Aaron (approx. 0.7 miles away); Robin Yount (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Honor of the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers of the American League (approx. mile away); Mitchell Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jacques Vieau, in 1795 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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