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Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company

Published on September 6, 2013 By admin

Photo (source): Postcard of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company as it appeared circa 1908. With the colloquial Brew City nickname and a baseball team called the Brewers, Milwaukee is synonymous with beer. Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was once the largest in the United States and its slogan boasted that it was “the beer that made […]

Alexian Brothers Novitiate

Published on February 17, 2013 By admin

Photo: All that remains of the Alexian Brothers Novitiate. The well-to-do widow of lawyer F. M. Peters, Mrs. Jennie Peters, dearly loved her daughter. In the latter portion of the 1930’s architects John King and Gordon Feldhausen were tasked with creating a unique building just for her. Unlike the farmhouses, barns, and silos typical for […]

American Urbex E.19 – Under MKE

Published on April 8, 2012 By admin

Robert Burns talks about his underground explorations, creative tools, and fascinating discoveries. Robert Burns, aka Under MKE, on Flickr. The Under MKE book on Blurb. Support the Milwaukee art scene by visiting Redline Milwaukee online or in person. If you are in Milwaukee be sure to check out Ryan Tretow’s exhibition Urban Decay: Ruins of […]

American Urbex E.03: The Abandoned Farm – Part 2

Published on May 14, 2011 By admin

The person who lived in the abandoned farm house finds American Urbex. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes or download the episode directly.

American Urbex Podcast E.02 – The Abandoned Farm – Part 1

Published on May 1, 2011 By admin

A chance sighting on the side of a Wisconsin road leads to a mystery that will take three years to unravel. This podcast is part 1 of 2. Flickr – The abandoned farm explored described in the podcast episode. Abandoned Waupun Farm – The original article about the abandoned farm. Finding Your Old House – […]

Madison Protests

Published on February 19, 2011 By admin

For two days this week I joined the throngs of protesters in support of unions’ rights to collective bargaining, which Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to do away with entirely. After just one month in office Gov. Walker has given corporate interests budget deals that have created a $137 million dollar deficit. This deficit of […]

Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy

Published on January 10, 2011 By admin

Photo (source): The administration building. Wisconsin has a strong cultural background in agriculture. One of Wisconsin’s first attempts at providing technical education resulted in the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy in Wauwatosa. The site of the former high school enjoys protected status on the National Register of Historic Places, State Register of […]

Finding Your Old House on American Urbex

Published on January 6, 2011 By admin

In 2007 I explored a fascinating abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of Waupun, Wisconsin. There was a great amount of personal effects left behind: keys, a social security card, letter correspondence, checks, etcetera. How someone could leave all this behind was just baffling. Trying to figure out the riddle appealed to my senses and furthered […]

King James Jesse Strang

Published on November 6, 2010 By admin

On July 8, 1850 James Jesse Strang was crowned King. To this day he holds the illustrious honor of being the only person crowned as a monarch on United States soil. Six years later he was shot in broad daylight in front of apathetic witnesses. Let’s rewind… In February, 1844 Strang becomes  a member of […]

Abandoned Brodhead

Published on October 29, 2010 By admin

Precise location not marked… keep reading. Sometimes the key to finding an urbex location is to develop a keen instinct for signs along the road. Why does that isolated patch of trees have an electrical box by the curb? Why does the gravel extend beyond the side of the road? Can you sit in the […]