Milwaukee: A City Built on Water

Milwaukee: A City Built on Water

John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth.

Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. The settlers used rivers and Lake Michigan to transport grain, lumber, leather and beer. Learn how the lower Milwaukee River was eventually reduced to an open sewer by 1900, with Lake Michigan suffering similar indignities.

    Milwaukee: A City Built on Water is a local public television program presented by MILWAUKEE PBS.

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