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Greendale in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin's Lime Industry

 
 
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By Paul F, January 7, 2008
1. Wisconsin's Lime Industry Marker
Inscription. Lime production was an important nineteenth century industry in southeastern Wisconsin, primarily because the regionís geology provided abundant Silurian dolomite rock that was easily quarried. High quality lime, used mainly in mortar and plaster, was produced by burning dolomite in wood-fired stone kilns. Over one million barrels of lime were produced annually in the 1880ís, some shipped to surrounding states. Many of the lime manufacturers also quarried limestone used in building construction and praised for its beauty and durability.
The limestone works of Trimborn Farm Park and nearby quarries represent a relatively unaltered nineteenth century example of the lime industry. Werner Trimborn began his lime business here in 1851, and it became one of the largest in Milwaukee County. The lime industry expanded with the construction boom in Milwaukee in the 1880ís but then declined, ending about 1900 due to increased fuel costs and importation of new building materials. By then, dairying had become the main business of Trimborn Farms.
The Trimborn barn and kilns and neighboring Jeremiah Curtin House remain as excellent example of the use of local stone and lime.
 
Erected 1986 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 279.)
 
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By Paul F, January 7, 2008
2. Wisconsin's Lime Industry Marker
This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 56.678′ N, 88° 1.453′ W. Marker is in Greendale, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on W. Grange Ave. ľ mile east of S. 92nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8801 W. Grange Ave, Greendale WI 53129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Maryís Church and Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Janesville Plank Road (approx. half a mile away); Turn of the Century Business District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hales Corners – A Farm Village (approx. 1.2 miles away); The German Evangelical Church / Brachís Animal Hospital (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hales Corners – A Suburb (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community (approx. 1.3 miles away).
 
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By Paul F, January 7, 2008
3. Wisconsin's Lime Industry Marker
Farm buildings on Trimborn farm site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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