Hales Corners in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hales Corners – A Suburb
The first waiting station, a four-sided rain shelter, was constructed on this site. The Rapid Transit served Hales Corners until 1951.
The growing village population needed new services. Soon Hales Corners had a bank, a savings and loan, electricity for private housing and even a telephone exchange. Automobile dealers such as Rudolph Holz and Henry Schmidt replaced the carriage maker.
The Bosch Hotel, which boasted a ballroom on the second floor, was built in 1904 to accommodate Rapid transit customers. Restored and revitalized, it can be seen today on the northwest corner of this intersection at Highway 100 and Janesville Road. A bank opened in the building north of the hotel and other commercial buildings and homes sprang up along what was then Conrad Road, now Highway 100.
Hales Corners became an unincorporated village in 1927 in order to have a tax district to pay for street lighting, a sanitary district (which wasn’t formed until 1940), and to organize a fire department. The village incorporated in 1952.
Erected by Hales Corners Historical Society. (Marker Number 27.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 42° 56.264′ N, 88° 2.884′ W. Marker is in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of S. 108th Street (State Highway 100) and West Forest Home Avenue, on the right when traveling north on S. 108th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5860 S 108th Street, Hales Corners WI 53130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The German Evangelical Church / Brach’s Animal Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community (about 600 feet away); A Village Emerges! (about 700 feet away); Hales Corners – A Farm VillageTurn of the Century Business District (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. 1.3 miles away); Janesville Plank Road (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hales Corners.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.