Wisconsin's Lime Industry

Wisconsin's Lime Industry (HMP31)

Location: Greendale, WI 53129 Milwaukee County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 56.678', W 88° 1.453'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
Lime production was an important nineteenth century industry in southeastern Wisconsin, primarily because the region's geology provided abundant Silurian dolomite rock that was easily quarried. High quality lime, used mainly in mortar and plaster, was produced by burning dolomite in wood-fired stone kilns. Over one million barrels of lime were produced annually in the 1880's, some shipped to surrounding states. Many of the lime manufacturers also quarried limestone used in building construction and praised for its beauty and durability.
The limestone works of Trimborn Farm Park and nearby quarries represent a relatively unaltered nineteenth century example of the lime industry. Werner Trimborn began his lime business here in 1851, and it became one of the largest in Milwaukee County. The lime industry expanded with the construction boom in Milwaukee in the 1880's but then declined, ending about 1900 due to increased fuel costs and importation of new building materials. By then, dairying had become the main business of Trimborn Farms.
The Trimborn barn and kilns and neighboring Jeremiah Curtin House remain as excellent example of the use of local stone and lime.
HM NumberHMP31
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number279
Year Placed1986
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 1:22pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 416442 N 4755175
Decimal Degrees42.94463333, -88.02421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 56.678', W 88° 1.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 56' 40.68" N, 88° 1' 27.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8785-8847 W Grange Ave, Greendale WI 53129, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What historical period does the marker represent?
  2. What historical place does the marker represent?
  3. What type of marker is it?
  4. What class is the marker?
  5. What style is the marker?
  6. This marker needs at least one picture.
  7. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  8. Is the marker in the median?