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Life On The River

The Milwaukee River has been the center of Milwaukee life since Native Americans, particularly the Potawatomi tribe, gathered here calling the area Mah-au-wauk-seepe – "gathering place by the river."

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Milwauke Rowing Club

The Milwaukee Rowing Club was founded in 1894 and for nearly 100 years rowed on the Milwaukee River above the North Avenue dam which, until the 1930's, was the city's principal recreational area with swimming beaches, swimming schools, and canoeing and rowing clubs. The Club is not Milwaukee's first or only rowing club. In the late 19th Century there was an earlier club called the Milwaukee Boat Club as well as other rowing clubs.

Because of its access to Lake Michigan and proximity to the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers, the Milwaukee River was a prime thoroughfare for Native American, pioneer and fur trader travel.

In the early 1800s, Solomon Juneau settled east of the river founding a trading post and village with streets, a store, a hotel and town lots. Byron Kilbourn came in 1834, focusing his efforts on the west side of the river. The two settlements became instant rivals, each side hoping to surpass the other in municipal improvements and city services.

Kilbourn, for example, acquired a shallow draft steam vessel to transport freight and passengers from larger ships in the Milwaukee bay up the river to unload only on the west side. Juneau, the designated postmaster, countered by having all mail delivered to his trading post on the east side where it had to be picked up.

The RiverWalk is currently being extended south into the Historic Third Ward which was once a thriving commercial district. It is now home to upscale loft condominiums, chic bars and restaurants and home to many businesses and advertising and graphic arts agencies. Over 500 condominiums and apartments are currently under construction in this area sandwiched between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee's history began along this stretch of river and, through innovative development, is being reclaimed in the 21st century.

Source (full story): Milwaukee River Challenge

Milwaukee Riverwalk


Conceived in the 1990s to increase public access to the waterway, the Milwaukee Riverwalk has grown to include art displays called RiverSculpture!, the RiverSplash! festival, Riverwalk Park, water taxi landings, and other venues such as cafés, and brewpubs.

Currently the walkway extends from the Water Street bridge in the Historic Third Ward district to Schlitz Business Park, site of the old Schlitz Brewery complex. Efforts are underway to connect with other segments in Walker's Point and the former North Avenue Dam.

Future plan ideas include linkages with the Hank Aaron State Trail along the Menomonee River, Milwaukee Lakewalk and a similar concept being considered for the Kinnickinnic River.

Cemented in to the walkways are 18 bronze medallions drawn by elementary school children, depicting how they see the Milwaukee River. In 1995 students were invited to examine artifacts from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and walk the river. Over 200 students from Milwaukee Public Schools submitted drawings and 18 were selected to be cast by artist Peter Flanary. Imagery varies from whimsical fish and downtown buildings to ducks and Indians.