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Historical Markers in Belgium, Wisconsin

 
Clickable Map of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Ozaukee County, WI (118) Milwaukee County, WI (520) Sheboygan County, WI (44) Washington County, WI (48) Waukesha County, WI (118) Muskegon County, MI (16) Oceana County, MI (13)  OzaukeeCounty(118) Ozaukee County (118)  MilwaukeeCounty(520) Milwaukee County (520)  SheboyganCounty(44) Sheboygan County (44)  WashingtonCounty(48) Washington County (48)  WaukeshaCounty(118) Waukesha County (118)  MuskegonCountyMichigan(16) Muskegon County (16)  OceanaCounty(13) Oceana County (13)
Belgium is in Ozaukee County
    Ozaukee County (118)
    Milwaukee County (520)
    Sheboygan County (44)
    Washington County (48)
    Waukesha County (118)
    Muskegon County, Michigan (16)
    Oceana County, Michigan (13)
 
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1Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — A Reminder of Days Past
Long after the Lake Shore Stone Company's quarrying operation had ceased, and the company town houses had been relocated to the Village of Belgium, an industrial chimney remained on this site. For many years it was the sole reminder of the early . . . Map (db m149699) HM
2Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — A Unique Dinner Bell
Look at the neat, machine-drilled blasting hole in this rock. Each day at noon and again in the evening as workers departed the quarry, they set off black powder or dynamite placed into holes in the rock. When they returned, workers could dig out . . . Map (db m119312) HM
3Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — About the Quarry and the Limestone
The depth of the old quarry is about 45 feet, and its area is 23 acres, so you can see that a great quantity of stone was removed from it. Mules pulled rock-filled carts along tracks from various places in the quarry to one central location, a ramp, . . . Map (db m118831) HM
4Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Destination and Uses of the Limestone
After the rock was crushed, sorted and washed, it was ready to be shipped. A powerful cable would pull the many rock-laden carts along the pier that was constructed out into Lake Michigan. At the end of the pier, ships would wait for their cargoes . . . Map (db m118832) HM
5Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Excess Soil
Workers removed the overburden of soil to expose the limestone before quarrying could begin. They loaded the debris into side dump-cars which "donkey engines" pulled along rails toward the lake. En route, workers spread the dirt out beside the . . . Map (db m119288) HM
6Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Fire! Fire! Fire!
Many years ago, when Quarry Lake was a dry rock quarry, the above call alerted the workmen that explosives were about to be detonated. The Lake Shore Stone Company used explosives to break up the rock which they mined from 1900 to 1920. The . . . Map (db m118830) HM
7Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — From Booming Business to Quiet Park
The quiet, peaceful scene at Harrington Beach State Park contrasts sharply with its former life as a quarry and company town. You can just imagine the noise as limestone was blasted loose, hauled in steel cars by mules, pulled by cable along . . . Map (db m119314) HM
8Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Limestone
Millions of years ago, Wisconsin was covered by a vast, shallow inland sea, teeming with marine life. Over time, the shells of animals such as gastropods and corals became fossilized in limestone deposits. Twelve thousand years ago during the last . . . Map (db m119310) HM
9Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Little Quarry
In the late 1800s, settlers used a pot kiln to fire limestone from Little Quarry, which is still visible in the woods as a round depression about 6 feet deep and 2,700 square feet in area. By the early 1900s the successful Lake Shore Stone Company . . . Map (db m149607) HM
10Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Murder!
Dominic Manna lived in a shack or cave in the side of this hill, even though he was reported to have had more money than most of his fellow quarry workers. He ate his meals at the home of fellow worker August Falcineli, the company's mule driver. . . . Map (db m119224) HM
11Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Play Ball
The Lake Shore Ball Park was located in the present-day Point Picnic Area. The company-sponsored ball club hosted, and sometimes trounced, its rivals here. The May 1909 issue of the Port Washington Star tells of one game in which the mighty Lake . . . Map (db m119226) HM
12Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Pot Kiln
The round structure on the hill is a pot kiln where settlers burned limestone in the late 1800s. This burning changed raw limestone into lime for use as mortar to build fireplaces and fill chinks in log houses and to apply to farm fields as crop . . . Map (db m149608) HM
13Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Stone Crusher
Mules pulled rail cars laden with stone from the quarry and cables hauled them to the crusher, which could handle 1,500 yards of stone each day. Working like an enormous grater, the crusher produced small stones and limestone powder which were . . . Map (db m118833) HM
14Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Stonehaven Housing
The Lake Shore Stone Company village, Stonehaven, housed quarry workers from Italy, Luxembourg, and Austria. Married employees lived in small 15 by 24-foot houses built on stilts. Two barracks, known as the Italian House and the Austrian House, . . . Map (db m118763) HM
15Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — The Company Store
Workers bought pasta, tobacco, kegs of wine, and just about everything except beer, at the company store. They bought beer at taverns in Lake Church, Schanens and Grof's, or from Grof's delivery wagon. On Saturday nights, quarry workers cashed in . . . Map (db m118829) HM
16Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — The Company Town
From 1901 until 1925, the Lake Shore Stone Company owned the lakefront property that is now part of Harrington Beach State Park and built a company town known as Stonehaven. This house was part of Stonehaven and was occupied by workers of the Lake . . . Map (db m118759) HM
17Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — The Krier House
Sebastian "Bus" Krier, Lake Shore Stone Company foreman, lived on this scenic spot in a handsome two-story house with a magnificent view of Lake Michigan. This comfortable home presented quite a contrast to the small, box-like houses of most company . . . Map (db m119264) HM
18Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — The Steamer Niagara: The Fiery End
Her Saloon is superbly fitted and furnished and the accommodations for steerage passengers on the main deck are unsurpassed. Milwaukee Sentinel May 20, 1846 Between 1844-1857, “palace steamers” ruled Great Lakes . . . Map (db m47081) HM
19Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — Water Transport
Only fragments remain of a pier that once extended from this point more than 700 feet into Lake Michigan. Rail cars, loaded with limestone from a hopper at the crusher house, ran along the top of the pier about 50 feet above the water. Workers first . . . Map (db m119286) HM
20Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Belgium — 371 — Wisconsin’s Luxembourgers
Many of northeastern Ozaukee County’s prosperous farms, fieldstone houses and outbuildings, and large village churches are characteristic of the Luxembourg immigrant settlement patterns in the area. Beginning in 1845, inexpensive land brought . . . Map (db m58532) HM
 
Oct. 26, 2021