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The Milwaukee River at Play

 
 
The Milwaukee River at Play Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
1. The Milwaukee River at Play Marker
Inscription.  From pioneer days well into the 20th century, the River was a year-round playground for the generations, used for boating, swimming, fishing, curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing and ice skating. Swimming schools, boat rental facilities and resorts thrived. Leisure-time boating became so popular that a clear summer day could witness the launch of 1,000 canoes. A steady stream of regattas, boat exhibitions and warm evenings filled with live music and Chinese lanterns regularly lured Milwaukeeans to relax at the River. A passenger ferry shuttled Milwaukeeans from North Avenue to downtown. The Christopher Columbus, a whaleback steamer, carried thousands of shoppers and sightseers to Chicago daily. Milwaukee's first winter sports meet was organized at Gordon Park in 1925. Other cold-weather celebrations, like the 1926 Milwaukee Ice Carnival, drew huge crowds to watch skating, hockey and skiing. Though swimming and winter activities on the River began to wane in the 1930s, Milwaukee has seen a resurgence of River-oriented recreation since the 1990s. Better public access to the River; civic events such as movies, concerts and crew races;
The Milwaukee River at Play Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
2. The Milwaukee River at Play Marker
and the growing popularity of boating activities, ranging from kayaking and rowing clubs to dining cruises and sightseeing boats, have all brought the River a new energy.
 
Location. 43° 2.538′ N, 87° 54.733′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. The marker is along the Milwaukee Riverwalk on the east side of the Milwaukee River. The marker is between E. Kilbourn Ave. and E. State St., behind the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red Lights on the River (here, next to this marker); An Outdoor Gallery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A German Heritage (about 300 feet away); Father Marquette's Camp - 1674 (about 500 feet away); Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. (about 500 feet away); Pere Marquette Historic Site (about 600 feet away); National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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