Milwaukee was officially incorporated on January 31, 1846. It was a unification of three villages, the Walker's Point of George H. Walker, Solomon Juneau's Juneautown, and Byron Kilbourn's Kilbourntown.
Milwaukee is on the shore of Lake Michigan at the confluence of the Menomonee River, the Kinnickinnic River, and the Milwaukee River. The rivers emptied into a bay in the lake, forming a natural harbor. This made Milwaukee an ideal place for a settlement as well as an ideal place for boats to stop and trade with settlers. Milwaukee lies north of another big city on Lake Michigan, Chicago. Ocean going ships come into the Great Lakes, shipping to and from the port cities. Lake Michigan is entered, by these ships, from the north. This made Milwaukee a faster and easier port to trade in than Chicago. And so, Milwaukee was a larger city than Chicago. Until the railroad.
Milwaukee is known as The City of Festivals. The city is the home of Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world. It is also the home of Festa Italiana, the largest Italian American festival in the country, Irish Fest, the world’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture, Polish Fest, the largest Polish festival in the United States, Train Fest, the largest operating model railroad show in America, and many more ethnic, cultural, and music festivals.
Right here in Milwaukee, Christopher Latham Sholes created the first commercially successful typewriter. Some of the younger amongst us might be asking "Who cares?" Well, he also invented the QWERTY keyboard that is likely on the device you're using to view this website right now.
Milwaukee Wisconsin was originally spelled "Milwaukie." Milwaukie Oregon was named after Milwaukie Wisconsin before the Wisconsin city changed the spelling of its name.
Most Milwaukee residents don't know that there are two parts of the city of Milwaukee that are not in Milwaukee County. One is a small area in Waukesha County, east of the Menomonee River and north of the railroad tracks that are north of Silver Spring Drive. The other is an even smaller area in Washington County, west of Wasaukee Road (124th Street) and north of County Line Road.
Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, ManpowerGroup, Rockwell Automation, Harley-Davidson, WEC Energy Group, Roundy's, Joy Global, A.O. Smith, and Rexnord.
One of Milwaukee's Fortune 500 companies, Rockwell Automation, is the home of the largest four-sided clock in the western hemisphere. Rockwell purchased The Allen-Bradley Company in 1995. The famous Allen-Bradley Clock Tower is a Milwaukee landmark.
The Burke Brise Soleil, the moveable, wing-like sunscreen on top of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s glass-enclosed Windhover Hall, is unique in American architecture. The brise soleil has 72 steel fins that open each morning and close each evening, opening and closing at noon as well. The "wings" close automatically whenever winds exceed 23 mph. Windhover Hall is the grand entrance hall to the museum's Quadracci Pavilion. The Burke Brise Soleil specifically, as well as the larger Quadracci Pavilion, has become a symbol of Milwaukee (much like the famous Sydney Opera House has become a symbol of that Australian city). Locals will often refer to the structure as "The Calatrava." That's because this beautiful symbol of Milwaukee was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
Geodesic dome buildings are fairly common. But you won't find any at Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy. Mitchell Park's glass domes are conodial, not geodesic, and they are the only ones in the world.
The speedway at Wisconsin State Fair Park, a race track that has come to be known as The Milwaukee Mile, held it's first automobile race in 1903. That's eight years before the first Indianapolis 500. Oh, and here's another piece of trivia for you, The Milwaukee Mile isn't in Milwaukee. It's in the city of West Allis.
The Milwaukee Wave is the longest running United States professional soccer team.
The Milwaukee Curling Club is the oldest continually-operating curling club in the country.
Miller Park is the only stadium in North America to feature a convertible, fan-shaped roof.
It was unveiled 2 weeks after the first one, in Boston.