The Cream City

The Cream City (HMLUY)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53204 Milwaukee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 1.61', W 87° 55.191'

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Milwaukee is known as "The Cream City" not because of dairies or breweries, but because of its historic pale yellow brick buildings constructed throughout the 19th century. These buildings are a distinctive "cream" color because they are made from clay with more calcium and magnesium than clay used to make common red brick. The Menominee River valley to the north was a primary source of the yellow clay in "cream city" brick. These bricks were highly sought by builders to adorn facades of 19th century buildings including those outside Milwaukee.

To the south is a large concentration of 19th century "Cream City" brick buildings. They are located in Walker's Point Historic District, which is one of the three original settlements that later became the city of Milwaukee. Many of these historic buildings have been restored and are in use today. Take time to see the buildings that gave Milwaukee its nickname "The Cream City."
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number476
Year Placed2002
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 9:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 425056 N 4764205
Decimal Degrees43.02683333, -87.91985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.61', W 87° 55.191'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 36.60" N, 87° 55' 11.46" W
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Area Code(s)414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 710 W Virginia St, Milwaukee WI 53204, US
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