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Downtown Milwaukee Historical Markers

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Historical Marker 463: Rescue of Joshua Glover

The Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850 and allowed slave catchers to cross state lines to seize runaway slaves. Joshua Glover was a runaway slave who fled to Racine in 1852 before being arrested by his Missouri owner in 1854 and jailed in Milwaukee.
News of Glover’s imprisonment spread, and a large crowd assembled around the jail demanding his release. The crowd busted down the jail door, freed Joshua Glover, and ushered him to Canada.
The Glover event sparked abolitionist sentiment in Wisconsin and made the state supreme court challenge the federal government by announcing the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional. Historical Marker 463 was established in 2001 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Cathedral Square Park

Historical Marker 309: Pabst Theater

Pabst Theater was designed by Otto Strack and constructed by Milwaukee brewing tycoon Captain Frederick Pabst. The Pabst Theater was built upon the location of a preceding opera house ruined by fire in 1895.
Construction took six months, and the Pabst opened on November 9, 1895.
The Pabst is revolutionary as one of the first “all-electric theaters” and featured air conditioning and fire-proof construction. Historical Marker 309 was erected by the Wisconsin State Historical Society in 1992.

144 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
8 AM – 4:30 PM, Daily

Wisconsin State Historical Marker 57: Oneida Street Station

Oneida Street Station was the first to continuously burn coal at high efficiencies in stationary steam boilers November 11-15, 1919.
This significant exodus from orthodox firing methods of the time was strongly resisted by engineers at first.
After local, national and international approval, it has caused many benefits to humanity, including decreased electric power costs and conservation of fuel assets.
Historical Marker 57 was raised by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1956.

108 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Wisconsin State Historical Marker 43: Invention of the Typewriter

C. Latham Sholes completed the first functional typewriter in September 1869 at 318 State Street (about 300 feet northeast of the Marker’s location). Carlos Glidden, Samuel W. Soule, & Matthias Schwalbach assisted Sholes over the summer in C.F. Kleinsteuber’s machine shop.
James Densmore funded the typewriter’s development for the next six years before assuming controlling interest and selling it to E. Remington & Sons of Ilion, N.Y.
Milwaukee County Historical Society initiated Historical Marker 43 in 1956.

995-959 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Wisconsin State Historical Marker 234: Milwaukee Interurban Terminal

The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company opened in 1905, and the first car entered on January 1, 1905. The first-floor terminal provided two waiting rooms and 13 car tracks, making it “the largest terminal of its kind in the United States” at the time.
The rail system formerly ran to Watertown, Sheboygan, Kenosha, Burlington, and East Troy before the last line was discarded on June 30, 1951. Milwaukee County Historical Society built Historical Marker 234 in 1976.

N 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53290

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    • Children under the age of 2 are not included in the calculation


Should an applicant not qualify in terms of credit history, the applicant, at the discretion of the landlord, may have the lease guaranteed by another party. Guarantor(s) must meet or exceed the rental criteria as stated above.

Each Guarantor must provide sufficient income verification equal to three (3) times the amount of the rent to guarantee the apartment rental.

If applicant has been convicted of illegally manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance as defined in sec. 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802) their application will be denied.

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If applicant has not been otherwise disqualified based on the above factors, and the applicant has been convicted of a felony or released from custody or supervision for a felony conviction, whichever occurred later, within the last six years, or a misdemeanor within the last three years, and the crime shows a demonstrable risk to tenant safety and/or property, their application may be denied after consideration of the nature and severity of the crime, the applicant’s age at the time of the conduct, and the amount of time that has passed since the criminal conduct occurred. Other factors may be considered on a case by case basis. Applicant shall provide any mitigating information or documentation that he or she would like to be considered regarding any criminal convictions.

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Date Started Using: May 16, 2023