America’s Dairyland

Wisconsin has a nickname. You’ve seen it on license plates: America’s Dairyland. And in Milwaukee, you may have heard this moniker: Cream City.

Why was Milwaukee once referred to as Cream City? The answer might surprise you. It has nothing to do with the dairy industry.

“Milwaukee’s known as the Cream City because of the yellow, cream-colored bricks that were first discovered and made here in the 19th century,” says Historic Milwaukee tour and membership coordinator, Josh Ballew. “Those bricks were used for many of the buildings and businesses — breweries, schools — throughout the 19th century.”
– info from article by ANN-ELISE HENZL

Pic by me.