Milwaukee Skyline

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Milwaukee Skyline

Founded in 1846, the great city of Milwaukee lies on the shores of Lake Michigan not far from Chicago. Famous for beer, brats and a diverse population, Milwaukee has its roots in the Native American culture that once dominated the area. The skyline of Milwaukee, while not known for the super skyscrapers of its neighbor to the south, shines like a jewel on the shores of the lake.

Long a place to trade and traverse the lake, the name Milwaukee is said to derive from the Ojibwe language meaning gathering place near the water. In the Algonquin language Milloke which could alternately mean the Good Land or the Beautiful Land. While the area was home to several Native American tribes such as the Fox, Winnebago and Potawatomi it would be the arrival of French traders and missionaries that would draw more European settlers.

The High Rise Milwaukee Skyline

The tallest building along the Milwaukee skyline is the U.S. Bank Center. Standing just over 600 feet above downtown Milwaukee, the building was constructed in 1973. The U.S. Bank Center is considered by many to be the most modern building along the skyline. The building's exterior is covered in steel and features over 5000 windows. The interior features a well lit atrium.

At nearly 550 feet, the 100 East Wisconsin Building appears much older at first glance. Though the building was constructed in 1989, the vernacular architecture reflects the influences of German immigrants who helped populate the city.

One of the newest additions to the Milwaukee skyline is the University Club Tower. Completed in 2007, the University Club Tower houses residential condominiums that provide residents with spectacular panoramic views of the lake and downtown Milwaukee. Only 426 feet tall the overall size of the Milwaukee Center makes it a prominent feature along the Milwaukee skyline.

Famous Milwaukee Buildings

Built in 1895, the Milwaukee City Hall features a bell tower that compliments its Renaissance Flemish architectural style. Though just over 350 feet in height, the Milwaukee City Hall stood as the tallest building in the city until the completion of the US Bank Center in 1973. Striking in its modern design and an unmistakable feature of the Milwaukee skyline, the Milwaukee Museum of Art has graced North Art Museum Drive since 2001.

Milwaukee Sports Team Panoramas

One of the newer franchises in Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers have excited legions of fans since the team was established in 1969. The Brewers moved to town after the Milwaukee Braves moved their franchise to Atlanta, Georgia. With roots in Seattle, the name Brewers was adopted out of recognition for Milwaukee's centuries old tradition of beer making.

Both the Milwaukee Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers played in the Milwaukee County Stadium on South 46th Street Milwaukee from 1953 until 2000. Even the famed Green Bay Packers of the National Football League played in Milwaukee County Stadium periodically between 1953 and 1994.

In the mid 1990s, the Miller Brewing Company helped to finance construction of a new ballpark, Miller Park. Miller Park opened in 2001 and has seating for roughly 42,000.

Another popular subject for Milwaukee sports team pictures and panoramas are the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. A young franchise the Milwaukee Bucks were blessed with all star players like the Oscar Robertson and a little known rookie, Lou Alcindor who we know now as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Bucks play in the Bradley Center which, unlike other sports venues, is owned by the State of Wisconsin.