Bay View's Rolling Mill

Bay View's Rolling Mill (HMOWY)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53207 Milwaukee County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 59.967', W 87° 53.38'

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Near this site in Bay View stood the Milwaukee Iron Company rolling mill, the first major heavy industry in the region and an important producer of iron and steel for the Midwest. The mill, which opened in 1868, transformed ore from Dodge County and Lake Superior area mines into iron products including thousands of tons of rail for the region's growing railroads.

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
Marker Number275
Year Placed1985
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:51pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 427483 N 4761137
Decimal Degrees42.99945000, -87.88966667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 59.967', W 87° 53.38'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 59' 58.02" N, 87° 53' 22.80" W
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Area Code(s)414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2450-2498 S Superior St, Milwaukee WI 53207, US
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