“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
South Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lawson Airplane Company

Lawson Airplane Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, April 3, 2008
1. Lawson Airplane Company Marker
Inscription. From 1919 to 1922, this property housed the Lawson Airplane Company, founded by pioneer aviator Alfred W. Lawson. The company produced the first two commercial passenger airplanes in the U.S. Lawson dubbed these “airliners.” Many features standard in today’s modern commercial “airliners” such as weather proof cockpits, dual pilot controls, and passenger cabins with a center aisle first appeared in these innovative aircraft. Clearly ahead of his time, Lawson was referred to as the “Columbus of the Air.”
Erected 2001 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 467.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 42° 54.312′ N, 87° 51.568′ W. Marker was in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker could be reached from Menomonee Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is missing. The buildings have been torn down and the marker removed. Marker was at or near this postal address: 909 Menomonee Avenue, South Milwaukee WI 53172, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Schooner Lumberman (approx. 2.8 miles away); General Mitchell Field (approx. 4.1 miles away); 41 Twin Outdoor Theatre (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lakeside Power Plant (approx. 4.8 miles away); Town of Lake (approx. 5½ miles away); 32nd Division Memorial Highway (approx. 6 miles away); Green Bay Road (approx. 6½ miles away); Bay View's Rolling Mill (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  Lawson - The World's First Jumbo Airliner. Following the First World War, visionaries who saw the potential for commercial air travel began designing the first generation of airliners. In the United States, the remarkable Alfred W. Lawson from Wisconsin was one such visionary. (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 
Additional comments.
1. Marker is in storage
Marker has been confirmed in storage in the City of South Milwaukee Administation Building. while they hope to return it to the site, there are no plans right now.
    — Submitted September 9, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photo   1. submitted on July 7, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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