The Machine Shop of the World

The Machine Shop of the World (HM1LKO)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53214 Milwaukee County
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N 43° 1.488', W 87° 57.556'

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In the early 1900s, Milwaukee was the "Machine Shop of the World" and the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Farm machinery, rail cars, electric motors and cranes were all made in the Valley. Clay became cream city bricks. Wheat was turned into flour, hogs became ham and barley became beer. Cattle were made into meat, leather and tallow (soap and candles) with no parts wasted.

In the early 1900s, six companies hired nearly 75% of all African-American workers in Milwaukee: Plankinton Packing, Albert Trostel leather, Pfister-Vogel Tannery, Allis Chalmers, Falk Corporation and Milwaukee Solvay Coke and Gas Co. Half of these were located in the Menomonee Valley but only one remains today.
Placed ByWisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Date Added Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 421842 N 4764015
Decimal Degrees43.02480000, -87.95926667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.488', W 87° 57.556'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 29.28" N, 87° 57' 33.36" W
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Area Code(s)414, 262
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee WI 53214, US
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