Charles A Mueller Tannery (1872-1903)
In the 1800s, tanning was one of the largest industries in the United States. Leather was in such high demand that cows were often raised for their hides rather than for their meat. The booming industry led Mueller to expand his business. He built a five-story brick building in 1880 and fitted it with the resources for making rough leather. This new facility was located on the west slip of the harbor where the schooner John Mee unloaded hemlock tanning bark imported from northern forests. The tannery employed between ten and twenty men and tanned twenty thousand hides annually. A fire destroyed the five-story tannery in May 1903. In 1906, Mueller sold the land to the Milwaukee-Northern Railway to build its electric powerhouse for the interurban streetcar service
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Charles A. Mueller served as mayor of Port Washington (1890–1892 and 1896–1906) and was responsible for many city improvements, including: sewers, electric lighting, water works, and the library. He was a member of the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors in 1899 and the fuel administrator for Ozaukee County during World War I.
Erected 2020 by Great-grandchildren of Charles A. Mueller. (Marker Number 593.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1903.
Location. 43° 23.237′ N, 87° 52.086′ W. Marker is in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. Marker can be reached from East Grand Avenue east of North Franklin Street. Located in Rotary Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Washington WI 53074, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port Washington State Bank Centennial Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); They Had To Go A Fishin' (within shouting distance of this marker); Those That Fished (within shouting distance of this marker); The Art of Commercial Fishing
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