The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Milwaukee River

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How did the Milwaukee River go from vital transit pipeline to a proposal that nearly paved over the river? And how is it doing today? Milwaukee historian John Gurda guides us down the river's history by boat —thanks to our captain, Jerry Guyer — as we learn how Milwaukee nearly lost its river, and what the city is doing today to preserve it.

Thanks to the Wisconsin Historical Society for some of the photos in this piece.