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By Devon Polzar, circa 2015
Commercial Fishermen Memmorial
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 8 — A Lakefront in Transition
1835: Port Washington is founded. No natural harbor exists. Circa 1844: A private pier is built at the end of "Pier" Street. 1849: The first lighthouse and keeper's dwelling is built on the north bluff (St. Mary's Hill). 1860: New . . . — Map (db m88894) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Anchor from Steamer Toledo
Recovered from Lake Michigan 1900 Erected to the Memory of the Passengers and Crews who lost their lives in the wrecks of the Steamers Toledo and Niagara wrecked off Port Washington, WIS. 1856 — Map (db m118457) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Blake Building
Built in 1852 by Barnum Blake Early Businessman, Entrepreneur, Land Speculator Additions to Building circa 1900 and 1960 Restored by Port Washington Historical Society, 2013

Blake Building

205 N. Franklin Street Is a . . . — Map (db m120589) HM

Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Coal Dock Park Prairie Restoration
Prairies once covered more than 2.1 million acres of Wisconsin. When Europeans settled the area, they destroyed much of it to make way for farming and development. Now only about 10,000 scattered acres of native prairie remain in the . . . — Map (db m128692) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Fishermen's Park Access Bridge
This Fishermen's Park Access Bridge over the Sauk Creek is the only remaining King Post Bridge in Wisconsin. It is unique for its all-metal King Post Construction, certified as significant in 1987 by the National Park Service using criteria for the . . . — Map (db m120598) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — In Loving Memory
On March 10, 2012 twenty four year old Peter Dougherty lost his life while kayaking off the shores of South Beach. Six months later on September 2, 2012, Tyler Buczek lost his life while swimming with friends off the shores of North Beach. This . . . — Map (db m88547) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Lake Michigan Habitat
Many migratory bird species are threatened by habitat destruction both at their wintering grounds in Central and South America and their breeding areas in the northern U.S. and Canada. In addition, these birds must pass twice yearly above a . . . — Map (db m88790) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 557 — Leland Stanford(1824-1893)
Tycoon, industrialist, and politician Leland Stanford moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, from Albany, New York in 1848, shortly after entering the bar. After Port Washington's 1852 fire destroyed his law office, which was located in the block . . . — Map (db m79442) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — National Historic Mechanical Engineering LandmarkPort Washington Power Plant
The Port Washington Power Plant of the Wisconsin Electric Power Company was the most thermally-efficient steam power plant in the world for many years following its opening in 1935. Its design reflected the cumulative experience of the utility's . . . — Map (db m129369) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 7 — Of Valor and Sorrow
The unwritten code of the lakes dictates that seamen come to the aid of anyone in peril. In this regard the fishermen of Port Washington time and again showed their mettle. At the time of the September equinox, 1895 a furious gale was . . . — Map (db m88885) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 546 — Port Washington Civil War Draft Riot
(Side One): During the Civil War, Wisconsin Governor Edward Salomon postponed the draft several times but finally gave authorization for several counties to hold lotteries. In Ozaukee County, Draft Commissioner William A. Pors set Monday, . . . — Map (db m62754) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 534 — Port Washington Fire Engine House
This fire engine house was built in 1929 on the site of an 1884 multi-purpose wooden fire house. Architect John Topzant of Milwaukee designed the Mediterranean Revival-style building with tan brick walls, a Spanish tile roof, and a campanile-like . . . — Map (db m47075) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Port Washington Light Station
This property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Port Washington Light Station 1860 — Map (db m46949) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Port Washington State Bank Centennial Pavilion
The dream of Clarence Hill and George Henry was realized when on Sept. 11, 1899, they opened the doors of their new bank at 206 N. Franklin St. Hill came to the city from Manitowoc, where he helped organize the First National Bank in 1894, and where . . . — Map (db m88788) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Propeller from the S.S. Badger
This 13'8" propeller, weighing 7 tons, is from the S.S. BADGER, which was built by the Christy Corporation of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched in 1952. The SPARTAN, a twin of the BADGER was built at the same time. The two carferries bear the . . . — Map (db m95174) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Sauk Creek Habitat Improvement Project
Work to revitalize Sauk Creek and improve habitat for resident and migratory fish began in the summer of 1994. The project called for cleanup of the creek, creation of deeper and narrower channels, stabilization of stream banks and creation of fish . . . — Map (db m118466) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Schumacher Building

Built in 1931 by Matthias Schumacher Replaced Earlier Wood Building Monumental Works Est. 1878 Four Generations of Stone Cutters: Dominic, Jacob, Matthias, Thomas — Map (db m88917) HM

Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Sidewheel Steamer NiagaraHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails —
Type: sidewheel “palace steamer” Built: 1846, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo, N.Y. Sank: Sept. 24, 1856, burned Length: 245’ Beam: 33’ Cargoes: passengers, package freight Propulsion: single-cylinder walking beam engine, . . . — Map (db m47079) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — St. Mary's Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m46952) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 2 — The Art of Commercial FishingMethods Used Locally
Spears and Clubs The Indians used handmade spears and clubs, from shore or in primitive boats, to catch the many species of fish native to the shallow waters of Lake Michigan. The Seine The seine net was anchored at one end, to . . . — Map (db m88805) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — The History of Knellsville, WI
You are standing in the heart of what was once known as Knellsville, WI. Established around 1852, this hamlet was named after one of its earliest settlers, William Knell. For over 100 years, Knellsville was a bustling community of homes and . . . — Map (db m135853) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — The Northerner
Built in 1850 by John Oades of Clayton, NY, the Northerner began as a lakeshoring vessel on Lake Ontario, transporting general merchandise to and from American and Canadian ports for Henry T. Bacon. Around 1863 the Northerner began its career on . . . — Map (db m129368) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — The Old Ozaukee County Courthouse
The Old Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington, Wisconsin is listed in the National Register of Historic Places December 12, 1976 The State Historical Society of Wisconsin in association with the U.S. Department of Interior — Map (db m73833) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — The Wilson House
Erected 1891 Restoration 1983-1989 Owners R.J. Schowalter Frank M. Metz Architect Ehrlich, Genson and Assoc., Inc. Port Washington, Wisconsin — Map (db m60546) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 414 — The Wisconsin Chair Company Fire
One of the largest manufacturers of chairs in the United States, the Wisconsin Chair Company of Port Washington was founded by Fred A. Dennett and John M. Bostwick in 1888. After acquiring the important “MacLean Swing Rocker” patent in . . . — Map (db m31454) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 1 — They Had To Go A Fishin'
The lure of the lake is magnetic and hypnotizing to a true commercial fisherman. It draws him into its embrace from the time he is born to the day he is laid to rest. The lake mesmerizes him with its beauty, strength and sometimes terror. It . . . — Map (db m88895) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 4 — Those That Fished
The Indians who spent their summers where Sauk Creek and Lake Michigan meet were Port Washington's first fishermen. They used rocks or clubs to kill fish in shallow water. Later, spears were used. Then, crude hooks were fashioned out of bone. With . . . — Map (db m88898) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — 5 — Those That Fished
Andrew Lodde was working on fish tugs by the time he was sixteen in 1888. He started with the Van Ells in Port Washington, then off of Jones Island and back to Port when the fish company relocated here. In 1913 Andrew formed a partnership with the . . . — Map (db m88899) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Toledo 1854-1856
The Toledo was a steamship that was built for the freight and passenger trade in the upper lakes area. It was commissioned by Charles H. Lee and Associates in 1854 and taken over by the American Transportation Company in 1855. The Toledo was part of . . . — Map (db m135855) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Wisconsin Street School Bell
This bell once graced the tower of Wisconsin Street School, which stood adjacent to the present fire station. School bells such as this were often used to sound the fire alarm. The school was an early Port Washington public school, as well as the . . . — Map (db m95176) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Woodland Habitat
Before European settlement, old growth, Sugar Maple-American Beech-Basswood forests originally covered nearly 3.5 million acres in Wisconsin. Through fragmentation and conversion to farmland, only about 50,000 acres of this forest remain. A . . . — Map (db m129370) HM

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