On this day, May 13, in 1978, the British freighter Photinia was blown hard aground just south of Milwaukee. Her crew was taken off by helicopter and no one was injured. She would be abandoned by her owners and sold to salvors.
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."
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.
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.
On this day, Oct. 29, in 1929, the Goodrich steamer WISCONSIN foundered in Lake Michigan during a furious storm. Incredibly, 52 of the 68 men on board would survive.
It was on this date - Oct. 22 - in 1929 that the Grand Trunk Line car (that's railroad cars) ferry MILWAUKEE went missing during one of those fearsome storms for which Lake Michigan has long been well known.
After an extensive renovation, the downtown Port Washington hotel at 135 E. Grand Ave. that once operated as a Best Western and as a Holiday Inn, has been rebranded The Harborview Hotel.
Andrew Zimmern's been busy since arriving in Milwaukee yesterday. In fact, if social media is any indication, he's been loading up on a variety of fun things in the Cream City.
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.
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.
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?
The free event, hosted by the Milwaukee Water Commons, will include music, poetry and ceremony right on the sand.
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.
The fifth annual Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival -- which will feature over 100 beers from more than 30 craft breweries -- will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center.
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.