Merrill Park

Merrill Park (HMN9U)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53208 Milwaukee County
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N 43° 2.16', W 87° 57.475'

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In 1879, Sherburn S. Merrill, the General Manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, purchased almost half a square mile in the Menomonee Valley to construct a massive railroad shop complex. By the early 1880s, the railroad company employed over 2500 workers. To provide housing for these workers, Merrill created "Merrill Park" in 1883, a housing development between 27th and 35th streets. Desiring a "respectable" neighborhood, Merrill placed deed restrictions on his property prohibiting "intoxicating liquors" and "livery stables." New Englanders and German and English immigrants, among others, settled in the area, and the neighborhood grew with a mixture of single family houses, duplexes, cottages and apartments. After the disastrous Third Ward Fire of 1892 many Irish families moved west to Merrill Park, and by the early twentieth century, Merrill Park became Milwaukee's premier Irish neighborhood. The community remains one of Milwaukee's most ethnically diverse.
HM NumberHMN9U
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number354
Year Placed1997
Placed ByErected through the generosity of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin, the Neville-Dunn American Legion Post No. 489, the Sesquicentennial of Milwaukee, the Merrill Park Neighborhood Association, the Milwaukee Irish Fes
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 3:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 421967 N 4765257
Decimal Degrees43.03600000, -87.95791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 2.16', W 87° 57.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 2' 9.60" N, 87° 57' 28.50" W
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Area Code(s)414, 920, 262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 405-453 N 35th St, Milwaukee WI 53208, US
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