21-Jun-2021 Monday McKinnley Marina, Milwaukee MI (0 nautical miles 0 statute miles)
Elevation: 579 feet Elevation change: 0 feet
States (1): Wisconsin
Happy first day of summer!
Along the Way
I love Milwaukee. The city is filled with museums, art galleries and public art installations.
At 10am the large white wings situated atop the Milwaukee Art Museum slowly open. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, and contains sensors that will automatically close up if winds reach 23 mph or higher. The wind was over 23 mph today. (Good call by us to stay in port and not travel on Lake Michigan today.)
When the wings are open, as they were yesterday, it reminds me of the Oculus in NYC.
The weather beacon shaped as a natural gas flame was added to the top of the Wisconsin Gas Building in 1956. It indicates the weather forecast by its color and flicker.
We took the River Walk to see the Fonz.
The Pabst Theater, built in 1895,it is the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in the United States.
From 1850 to 1870 there was a trend to clad some commercial buildings in cast iron panels. The panels were durable and fire-resistant, and they could be applied to a structure without having skilled stonemasons on site. Milwaukee’s Iron Block building (1860) is one such example. The Iron Block building was initially called the Excelsior Block bluilding.
The Chamber of Commerce Building (aka. Mackie Building) housed Milwaukee’s Grain Exchange Room (1879)
There are beautiful contemporary building in Milwaukee too. I didn’t find them as interesting as the old stuff.
Milwaukee Public Market
I’d like to come back to explore Milwaukee’s museums and galleries.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) collection contains nearly 25,000 works of art, making it one of the largest museums in the world.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is home to the world’s largest dinosaur head. A 9-foot-by-8-foot Torosaurus cranium, along with a partial skeleton, is on display there.
Drolleries and Yuks
What do you call a person from Wisconsin who always has alot to say?