We did it! Thanks to The History Press, the all-time best posts from Milwaukee Notebook – rewritten and expanded – are now collected in the new book Lost Milwaukee. The 42 essays and more than 70 images cover a broad range of topics, including:
- In the waning days of World War II, a duck named Gertie built a nest in downtown Milwaukee and became a national sensation.
- A popular bike path was once the route of one of the world’s fastest steam-powered passenger trains.
- The last days of the Schlitz brewing empire in Milwaukee.
- Women employed in a World War I munitions factory worked in their bloomers because the machinery made long dresses hazardous.
- Today’s Estabrook Park was once a massive quarry and the home of the world’s largest producer of natural cement.
- A nearly forgotten Milwaukee River park was a popular beer garden.
- One-hundred years ago, excursion steamboats ran on the upper Milwaukee River.
- For decades the rickety-looking Wells Street viaduct provided a thrilling ride for trolley passengers.
- In 1859, Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Milwaukee included fiery rhetoric – and an encounter with a sideshow strongman.
- The story of the lost canal under a busy city street.
From beer barons to chocolate makers, from a courthouse statue locals said resembled a drunken dancing girl to an ice cream run that led to the founding of Evinrude outboard engines, Lost Milwaukee is a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past. Click here for more information on this new book!