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Gertie

 
 
Gertie Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
1. Gertie Marker
Inscription.
On September 25, 1997 Eppstein Uhen Architects-Milwaukee, presented this replica of "Gertie" to the City of Milwaukee, in appreciation of their 90 year partnership.

Gertie is the mallard that captivated the City and the Nation in 1945. Replacement of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge pilings were postponed when it was discovered that Gertie had made a home for her future family under this bridge. Gertie diverted attention as the world watched and awaited the arrival of this Mother's ducklings. At a grim time of war and depression in our nation's history Gertie and her family represented new life and hope.

Eppstein Uhen Architects gratefully acknowledges sculptor Gwendolyn Gillen, Mayor John Norquist, the RiverWalk District and the City of Milwaukee in their support.
 
Erected by Eppstein Uhen Architects and the City of Milwaukee.
 
Location. 43° 2.33′ N, 87° 54.612′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on the Wisconsin Ave Bridge over the Milwaukee River, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Gertie, Dee Dee, Pee Wee, and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
2. Gertie, Dee Dee, Pee Wee, and Marker
Looking north along the Milwaukee River
. The First House on the East Side of Milwaukee (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee's Bridge War (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee's Miraculous Mallard (within shouting distance of this marker); Every Building Tells a Story (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Milwaukeeans (within shouting distance of this marker); Nearly a Century of Planning (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Architectural Gems on the Riverfront (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
More about this marker. All of Rosie's ducklings are nearby, along the RiverWalk.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Memories of Gertie. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Milwaukee's Gertie the Duck. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AnimalsBridges & Viaducts
 
Dee Dee Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
3. Dee Dee Marker
Pee Wee Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
4. Pee Wee Marker
Black Bill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
5. Black Bill
Black Bill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
6. Black Bill Marker
Rosie Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
7. Rosie Marker
Rosie image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
8. Rosie
Freddie image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
9. Freddie
Freddie Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
10. Freddie Marker
Millie Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
11. Millie Marker
Millie image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
12. Millie
Gertie and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
13. Gertie and Marker
Looking east across the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge.
Former Gimbel's Department Store image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
14. Former Gimbel's Department Store
Where Gertie and family found refuge. Bridge tender quarters in foreground.
Gertie Gets Her Ducks in a Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
15. Gertie Gets Her Ducks in a Row Marker
Gertie Gets Her Ducks in a Row image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
16. Gertie Gets Her Ducks in a Row
East of Wisconsin Avenue Bridge along the RiverWalk
Gertie RiverWalk Banner image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
17. Gertie RiverWalk Banner
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 816 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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