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The Machine Shop of the World

 
 
The Machine Shop of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
1. The Machine Shop of the World Marker
Inscription.  In the early 1900s, Milwaukee was the "Machine Shop of the World" and the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Farm machinery, rail cars, electric motors and cranes were all made in the Valley. Clay became cream city bricks. Wheat was turned into flour, hogs became ham and barley became beer. Cattle were made into meat, leather and tallow (soap and candles) with no parts wasted.

In the early 1900s, six companies hired nearly 75% of all African-American workers in Milwaukee: Plankinton Packing, Albert Trostel leather, Pfister-Vogel Tannery, Allis Chalmers, Falk Corporation and Milwaukee Solvay Coke and Gas Co. Half of these were located in the Menomonee Valley but only one remains today.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 
Location. 43° 1.488′ N, 87° 57.556′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on Canal Street 0.1 miles east of Selig
View of marker from bridge image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
2. View of marker from bridge
Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Three Bridges Park, 610 S 35th St, Milwaukee WI 53214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Immigrants and Silver City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Indians in the Menomonee Valley (about 300 feet away); Menomonee Valley Native Plants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milwaukee Road Shops (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Changing Landscape (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hank Aaron (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hank Aaron State Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hank Aaron - Changing Times (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Three Bridges Park image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
3. Three Bridges Park
Menomonee Valley Today, looking towards the 35th Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, July 3, 2015
4. Menomonee Valley Today, looking towards the 35th Street Bridge
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2015, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on October 27, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on July 4, 2015, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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