Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Underwater Scene

Just north of Wisconsin Avenue, on the west side of the Milwaukee River, you can find this display (sculpture, mural, artwork?) on the back side of one of the buildings. An interesting underwater scene, it comes alive at night when all the pieces are backlit with different colors.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Soo Line #4409

I was down at Jones Island a few weeks ago, and found this locomotive moving rail cars around the yard there. The Soo Line, like many railways, has been bought, sold, divided, and recombined in many ways since its original founding in 1883. Today, it is part of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and most of its cars have been repainted in the CP color scheme, making this a rare find.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Edelweiss Cruise

Milwaukee River Cruise Lines
offers a number of public cruises on the Edelweiss I and II, which dock downtown. We were fortunate enough to have the chance to ride out to the lake at sunset one evening, and I was able to get this shot of the skyline with the Art Museum in the foreground. (Note: you can click on the photo above to get a larger version.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008


When I was at Mitchell Boulevard Park last week, I was about to get in the car and drive off, when this patch of bright yellow flowers caught my eye. As I walked over and started looking at them, I realized that they were sunflowers that had not reached maturity. The growing shadows accentuated their brightness, and the setting sun made for a great photo op. It looks like today might be the last warm day we'll see for a while... get out and enjoy it if you can!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sweet Treat

I know, I know... it's a little late today. Been a crazy Friday. In compensation, here's a delicious dessert from C. Adams Bakery at the Milwaukee Public Market. Flaky pastry shell, custard filling topped with whipped cream, fresh berries, and a dusting of powdered sugar. I wish I could say I ate the whole thing, but my dining partner only let me have a little. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Racing Sausages

The Klement's Racing Sausages at Miller Park. Part of a tradition going back to County Stadium, the sausages race every Brewers home game in prior to the bottom of the 6th inning. But did you know they had names? Shown above from left to right:

#3, Guido, the Italian Sausage
#1, Brett Wurst, the Bratwurst
#2, Stosh Jonjak, the Polish Sausage
#4, Frankie Furter, the Hot Dog
#5, Cinco, the Chorizo

Running at top speed, the sausages fear nothing... except, perhaps, Randall Simon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument

This 60-foot tall granite monument stands on the grounds of the Wood National Cemetery. The monument was erected in 1903, when the land was part of the Northwest Branch Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Sponsored by the Soldiers and Sailors Association, it was sculpted by Joseph Shaver Granite and Marble Company.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

End of the Season

Today's the first day of the last home stand for the Brewers. While I'm excited at the possibility of the team making the playoffs, I'm also a realist, and don't expect them to, given the circumstances they have to overcome. Who the hell ever thought we'd be rooting FOR the Cubs against the Mets? I was over near Wood Memorial Cemetery last week, and came across this sign, probably posted when County Stadium was young. Back then, the patients at the VA could sit on the hill above the stadium and watch the games being played there. I don't know if this was to discourage people from parking here and watching from the hill, or if it was just for traffic control.

Monday, September 22, 2008

First Day of Autumn

While the trees have not yet turning on our street, and the weather is not quite what I would consider "fall-like", it nonetheless is the first day of autumn. The Black Walnut tree across the alley has been dropping nuts for a couple weeks now, and the squirrels are having a field day eating and storing them for the winter. I caught this one as was busy dining in the maple tree in our front yard.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Harp Light

This distinctively-shaped street light can be seen all over Milwaukee, but is found primarily downtown. Originally used in the early part of the 20th century, the "Harp Light" is as decorative as it is functional.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Neighborhood Sign: Story Hill

Originally a farm owned by Vermont native Hiram Story, the Story Hill neighborhood lies west of downtown. The neighborhood has a collection of beautiful limestone homes, many built with stone from local quarries.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me...

Avast! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! If ye scurvy dogs don't talk like pirates, you're not gettin' any rum today! These pirates were spotted on the Milwaukee Riverrrrr near the Lakefront Brewerrrrry, tryin' to loot the stores of ale hidden there. Man the cannons, and have a great weekend. If you're headed out to play the ponies, be sure to place a bet on this horse... he's a sure winner today!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mitchell Boulevard Park

This tree-shaped sculpture stands at the north end of Mitchell Boulevard Park, located on Bluemound just north of Miller Park. The "branches" hold many colorful metal pieces, which appear to be recycled.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Other Lion

Back in July, I posted the picture of one of the lions presented to the city by a delegation from Ningbo, China. In the interest of gender equity, here's a photo of the female. She's holding a cub in her left front paw as a symbol of her protection of the people in the Zeidler building.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blue Skies, Blue Water

After a fairly dismal, wet weekend, the sun's back out, and it's warming up. Looks like things are shaping up to be a great early fall weekend (fingers crossed)... get out and enjoy the weather while you can!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge

Named after former Mayor Daniel Hoan, the bridge that bears his name connects I-794 from downtown to the South side. Carrying traffic over the Milwaukee River since 1977, the bridge underwent extensive repairs when support beams failed, allowing the bridge deck to sag. Recent reports show that the state Department of Transportation is studying the possible demolition of the bridge, replacing it with a number of smaller bridges across the river.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Miller Park - Home to Refugees Again

In the wake of Hurricane Ike, Milwaukee and Miller Park will be home to the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs for one game tonight and one game tomorrow afternoon. While I'm glad that we have the opportunity to host the games, I'm not so excited that the Cubs are involved. Well, at least it's a chance to get some of the money back that we spend on tolls whenever we cross the state line headed south. I find it interesting that the tickets will be sold at "marquee game" rates of $25-$60, instead of the $10 that it cost last spring when we hosted Cleveland and Los Angeles. Since it looks like the Astros will be receiving the ticket revenue, perhaps they recognized an opportunity as well.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Discovery World

Located just off Lincoln Memorial Drive between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Maier Festival Grounds, Discovery World is a learning experience for kids of all ages. It is the summer home of the S/V Denis Sullivan, a recreation of a 19th century 3-masted Schooner, and the flagship of the state of Wisconsin.

Friday, September 12, 2008


The parking garage at the corner of Plankinton Avenue and Clybourn Street. The Clybourn Street bridge over the Milwaukee River is in the foreground.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Skyline at Sunset

I caught this photo of the Milwaukee skyline just past sunset one summer evening, taken from the south end of the lagoon at Maier Festival Park. The US Bank Center, in the center of the picture, is the largest building in the state.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fire and Police Alarm Box

These alarm boxes are all around my neighborhood, but I have no idea if they work. Some quick googling indicates that they are probably telegraph-based, but I suspect that the infrastructure no longer exists. This side of the box reads "Patented Dec 28 1915, Fire And Police Alarm Post Co., Milwaukee, Wis.", and has "1925" in the center of the seal.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

St. Josephat's Basilica

Designated in 1929 as the third Minor Basilica in the U.S., the Basilica of St. Josephat was built with stone salvaged from the Chicago Post Office and Customs House. The building was dedicated in 1901, and is located at 2333 South 6th Street.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Engine House 15

This building on Water Street and the Milwaukee River was, at one time, home to Engine House 15 of the Milwaukee Fire Department. Today, there are signs in the windows for a restoration company. Does anyone know what the plans are for this building?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

North Point Water Tower

The North Point Water Tower was built in 1873 to assist in providing water to the city, which at the time was pumped from Lake Michigan. The 175-foot limestone tower houses a 120-foot tall, four-foot diameter standpipe, which cushioned the pulsation of the steam-powered pump. The tower was designated a local landmark in 1968, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bernie's Chalet

Before there was Miller Park and Bernie's Dugout, there was Milwaukee County Stadium and Bernie's Chalet. Home of the Brewers' mascot during his time at the stadium, the chalet now resides at Lakefront Brewery, where you can see it on the tour. His famous giant mug of beer is also here. After last night's extra-inning win, I'm sure Bernie would have loved to take an old-school slide from the chalet into that mug.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Astor Theater

Located at the corner of Astor and Brady Streets, the Astor Theater provides a space for independent artists and performers. Opened in January 1915, the building has been host to silent films and "talkies", vaudeville acts, and numerous live performances.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bronze Fonz

It's been written about, reported on TV and radio, but it's one of those things you have to experience yourself. We hit the Riverwalk Saturday night to check out the "Bronze Fonz". While I admit that I wasn't real hot on the idea when I first heard about it, it does kind of grow on you. Yes, we have world-class museums, arts, and entertainment, but kitsch is also a part of our blood here in Milwaukee.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Brewery

Founded in 1844 (four years before Wisconsin achieved statehood), the Pabst Brewery was founded in Milwaukee. The brewery thrived and grew on this site downtown, and at one time was the largest brewery in the country. While the beer still exists (it is brewed and packaged at the Miller brewery), the buildings of this once great company have been abandoned and fell into disrepair. In recent years, the 20-acre plot has been purchased by a developer, and it is being redeveloped into a mixed-use space called The Brewery.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Today is the first day of school for most kids in the Milwaukee area, and a lot of them will be riding their bikes. I have a feeling that none of them will be riding a Whizzer. I saw this 1947 model on Saturday, and it was an interesting contrast to all the "big bikes" around town.

Monday, September 1, 2008

September Theme Day - Sister Cities

The Theme Day Theme for September 2008 is Sister Cities.

Milwaukee has five officially designated Sister Cities: Nuevitas, Cuba; Galway, Ireland; Manisa, Turkey; Morogoro, Tanzania; and uMhlathuze, South Africa.

This photo is of Fox's Bar on Eyre Square in Galway. The land for Eyre Square was presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre. In 1965, the square was officially renamed "Kennedy Memorial Park" in honor of US President John F. Kennedy, who visited here shortly before his assassination in 1963.

Photo Credit: Dan Leinen

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Here are links to all of this month's Theme Day participants:
Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Arradon, France by Alice, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Aurora, South Africa by shelagh, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Busan, Korea South by iamnbinb, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Shantaram, Chennai, India by Ram N, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Darmstadt, Germany by Elsch, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Edmonton (AL), Canada by , Evry, France by Olivier, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Gothenburg, Sweden by Lo/David, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Hanoi, Vietnam by Jérôme, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Istanbul, Turkey by mustafa34, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jerusalem, Israel by Esther, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Anthony, Mashhad, Iran by Meead, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Muizenberg, South Africa by Pentaxjunkie, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, Newport News (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Nice, France by Angelaj, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Elsa, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Andrew Foderaro, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Portland (ME), USA by Corey, Portsmouth (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Rancho Palos Verdes (CA), USA by Sarah Adams, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, Schenectady (NY), USA by Buck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, South Pasadena (CA), USA by Laurie, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Julie, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Tel-Aviv, Israel by Olga, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Tempe (AZ), USA by angie, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Turin, Italy by Livio, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Villigen, Switzerland by z, Virginia Beach (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. Confidential, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn