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Assassinated on this day, Abraham Lincoln made his impression on MKE

Published April 14, 2015

It was called the "saddest week in Milwaukee's history." 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. As one early history of Milwaukee records, "The city was hushed in grief. Silently and sorrowfully the buildings, many of them still gaily flaunting the joyous decorations of the week before, were clad in the habiliments of woe." Many of those Milwaukeeans were doubtlessly remembering Lincoln's visit to the city, just six years earlier.

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Is this century-old car salesman Scott Walker's doppelgänger?

Published March 14, 2015

There is no escaping Scott Walker -- not even by fleeing into the distant past. Our governor's countenance is everywhere lately, and it was disconcerting recently to find a remarkable facsimile of it on the front page of the Dec. 21, 1908 edition of The Milwaukee Journal.

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Orlando Williams Wight: The man who cleaned up Milwaukee

Published March 13, 2015

There has never been anyone quite like Orlando Williams Wight. Entirely self-taught (he never attended a college or university), he was a medical doctor, lawyer, theologian, engineer, author of 12 books, editor of 38 more and - for a few extremely eventful years in the late 1870s - Milwaukee's Commissioner of Health.

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Welcome to the Hotel Auditorium

Published Feb. 25, 2015

It always surprises me how many hotels there once were in Downtown Milwaukee. Here's a little look at one of them.

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