Former ferry landing in Milwaukee

We Asked 3 Experts for Their Favorite Hidden Milwaukee Spots

Get out and explore these local historians’ favorite spots.

Stacy Swadish

executive director, Historic Milwaukee
Pick: Old South Side Settlement Museum, 707 W. Lincoln Ave.

“The only known neighborhood ‘settlement museum’ in Wisconsin, the OSSSM contains artifacts representing the experiences of several immigrant communities that settled on the South Side, including the Polish, Kashubian and Mexican.”

Matthew Prigge

Local historian
Pick: Former ferry landing, 818 S. Water St.

“In the parking lot by the Hot Water club sits a small building that was once the terminal for a ferry to jobs on Jones Island, a service that stopped in the late 1970s.”

John Gurda

Local historian
Pick: Locust Street Bridge

“Two hidden landmarks are visible from the Locust Street Bridge: To the north is the still-functioning Riverside Pumping Station, a 1924 brick structure built to meet the water needs of a growing city, and to the south are the riverside ruins of the Gordon Park bathhouse.”

Map of all 31 Hidden Milwaukee Spots

Hidden Milwaukee’ appears in the May 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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