Historic Map - Waukesha, WI - 1880

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Bird's eye view of Waukesha, c.s. of Waukesha Co., Wis. 1880. H. Wellge, sk. Beck & Pauli Lith.

This bird's eye view map of Waukesha, Wisconsin was drawn by Henry Wellge and published by J. J. Stoner in 1879, reprint. Waukesha is located along the Fox River in Waukesha County. It reached village status in 1847 and became popular in the mid-1800's as a mineral spring resort town. Matthew Laflin, an early Chicago pioneer and major stock holder in the Elgin Watch Company built the first of many watering resorts, the "Fountain Spring House". Several followed suit and the town acquired the nicknames "Spring City" and "Saratoga of the West". Waukesha came alive with hotels filled with guests, mostly from the south, bringing much activity around the Five Points. The extremely clear and good tasting mineral spring water was said to cure everything from digestive problems to dropsy. The town reportedly hosted thousands of visitors during this era in hotels and private family homes. One guest was Mary Todd Lincoln, who in 1872, spent several weeks at the boarding house at Wisconsin and St. Paul Avenues of H. M. Hubbard. It is said that Mr. Hubbard was a medium and Mrs. Lincoln had sought to communicate with her dead husband through him with the help of Dr. Arthur Holbrook, a spiritualist. Mrs. Lincoln could be seen daily in the village visiting the many springs.

The map from 1880 shows lively scenes of town life, clearly labeled streets, and railway routes.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

  1. Court House and County Building.
  2. County Jail.
  3. Garroll College.
  4. Union Schools.
  5. District Schools.
  6. State Industrial School.
  7. Fair Ground.
  8. Cemetery.
  9. Town Hall.
10. M. & St. Paul Railroad Depot.
  K. Post Office.


12. Baptist.
13. Congregational.
14. Catholic.
15. Episcopal.
16. Methodist.
17. Presbyterian.
18. Evangelical.
19. German Reformed Lutheran.


20. Waukesha County Manufacturing Co.'s Woolen Mills
21. Foundry and Machine Shop
22. Planing Mills
23. Flouring Mill
24. Plaining Mill
25. Brewery


26. Fountain Spring House
27. Mansion House
28. American House
29. Exchange Hotel
30. National Hotel
31. Park Hotel
32. Verandah Spring House


 A. Bethesda
 B. Hygeia
 C. Horeb
 D. Asahel
 E. Lethean
 F. Crescent
 G. Silurian
 H. Rock
  I.  Glenn


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