Lake michigan

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On this day in 1953, the railroad finally arrived on Jones Island

Published Feb. 5, 2020

On this Feb. 5, 1953, a Milwaukee Road locomotive pulled a short train across Chicago & Northwestern tracks and onto Jones Island. For the city of Milwaukee, this concluded a 26-year struggle "to open the harbor to all shippers and carriers on equal terms."

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Remember when "tin stackers" wintered in Milwaukee?

Published Jan. 24, 2020

Each year, the Soo Locks are scheduled to close between Jan. 15 and March 25. Ice typically makes the passage impassable and the Corps of Engineers needs time to perform annual maintenance. For the most part, this brings an end to the shipping season and transportation companies must find a place to park their boats.

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Local surfer and maker shapes lake-friendly boards

Published Jan. 15, 2020

As a 50-something psychologist, Ken Cole is not the "surfer dude" stereotype, but he is, in his words, "obsessed" with both the sport of surfing and the art of board making.

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The time Queen Elizabeth sailed past Milwaukee

Published July 10, 2019

Sixty years ago this week - on July 7, 1959 - Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, escorted by six destroyers, sailed past Milwaukee. On board were Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Neither made an appearance during the approximately half-hour Britannia was within site of the city.

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Urban Spelunking: Wind Point Lighthouse

Published Nov. 6, 2018

Today, even after many Lake Michigan lighthouses have gone dark, the need for Wind Point Lighthouse's glow remains important. We stopped in for a tour to get a look at the history, and to climb the 144 cast-iron steps to the top, of this 1880 Racine County landmark.

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Indiana Dunes offer a new perspective on a familiar friend

Published July 26, 2018

You've been to Bradford Beach, you've walked the dunes at Kohler-Andrae, you've camped at Harrington Beach and you've done Door County to death, but you still want a Lake Michigan outdoor adventure? Why not head south and check out the beautiful Indiana Dunes?

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On the Burger Trail: The Burger at Northpoint Custard

Published June 4, 2018

There's nothing fancy about Northpoint Custard, a walk-up stand that serves up burgers, hot dogs, BLT's, fried chicken sandwiches and custard. But everything you order comes with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan.

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A cheers to the bond between beer and Lake Michigan

Published Sept. 24, 2017

It only makes sense that a city next to one of the biggest freshwater lakes would maybe have what Milwaukee historian John Gurda called "a wet subconscious," a thirst that for many can only be quenched by one beverage: beer.