Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Milwaukee Water Works


Read More About It

"Milwaukee: The History of a City" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin" by John Goadby Gregory


Vocabulary:

waterworks


Interesting Fact:

In 2002, the Milwaukee Water Works pumped and distributed 45 billion gallons of water to its customers.


Study Questions:

  • Where did Milwaukee's water supply come from?
  • In 1873, did Milwaukee residents have indoor plumbing?
  • What did people do before there was indoor plumbing?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the history of Milwaukee:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 24:

    1861: The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent.



  • October 24

    October 24, 1873: Milwaukee completed construction of the first public waterworks in Wisconsin.


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