By 1885, more than 1500 people were employed at the plant, some recruited from the iron-producing districts of the British Isles, and the village of Bay View grew from a rural crossroads to an industrial community surrounding the rolling mill.
On May 5, 1886, the mill was the scene of a major labor disturbance. Nearly 1500 strikers from around Milwaukee marched on the Bay View mill to dramatize their demand for an eight-hour work day. The local militia, called to the scene by Governor Jeremiah Rusk, fired on the crowd, killing seven people.
The mill closed in 1929, and the buildings were demolished a decade later. But the community of Bay View remains: a neighborhood of mill workers houses, shops and churches.
|Series||This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Wisconsin State Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:51pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 427483 N 4761137|
|Decimal Degrees||42.99945000, -87.88966667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 59.967', W 87° 53.38'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 59' 58.02" N, 87° 53' 22.80" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2450-2498 S Superior St, Milwaukee WI 53207, US|
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