Milwaukee Ranch-Style Home Gets Stoned
The city of Milwaukee or county seat of Milwaukee County the 5th largest city in the American Midwest, 31st largest in the US, and the largest in Wisconsin. It has a total area of 96.8 square miles and lies along Lake Michigan at the point which three rivers meet: Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic. It has an estimated 2015 population of 600,155, of which 38.5% are African American, 36.1% are white, 18.4% are Hispanic, and 3.7% are Asian. The median household income as of 2015 in Milwaukee is $37,495, significantly less than the state median of $55,638.
Initially, however, the area was inhabited by several Algic/Algonquin, Winnebago, and Sioux Native American tribes. In the mid 1700s, during the French and Indian War, a group of Native Americans joined forces with the French during the Battle of the Monongahela.In the American Revolution, the Milwaukee Indians remained loyal to the American cause, the few that did. Once the Americans gained independence, the Native Americans struggled to gain their own independence in the Battle of Fort Dearborn during the war of 1812, and that was a result of a council held in Milwaukee.
The first white settlers in the area were French: Catholic missionaries and fur traders. The first settled area was in 1818 and called Juneau’s Side or Juneautown after Solomon Juneau, a French Canadian explorer. There was a large influx of German immigrants in the 1840s, followed by the Poles, significantly enlarging the population over the next few decades. The area was combined with two nearby towns, Kilbourntown and Walker’s Point, both named after two of the three founders of Milwaukee, Byron Kilbourn and George H. Walker, respectively, and incorporated as a city called Milwaukee in 1846, with Juneau as the first mayor. It is believed that the name has Native American origins, either the Potawatomi minwaking or the Ojibwe ominowakiing, both of which mean “gathering place by the water.”
Today, Milwaukee is the home of six companies in the Fortune 500, as well as other large businesses, and many financial service and publishing companies. It was listed as a gamma global city in 2012 by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
Things to do in Milwaukee
Milwaukee is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, mostly because of the historic migrations of Germans, Poles, African Americans, and Mexican to the city. The German element is still quite strong today, celebrated in July as the German Fest and in October as Oktoberfest, and everyday in the form of German restaurants and beer halls.
It is no wonder that beer lovers gravitate to Milwaukee, because it was once the home of no less than four of the major breweries: Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz, and Miller. While only Miller remains in the city, there is no shortage of smaller brewing companies that continue to operate in the area supplying the numerous bars and taverns in the city.
If you’re not a beer drinker, there are many more things to enjoy while in the “gathering place by the water,” chief among which is the most recent additions Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee Art Museum, Miller Park, Wisconsin Theater, Harley-Davidson Musem, and the Pier Wisconsin. You should also check out Discovery World and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, as well as the itchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. .
You will also definitely enjoy Milwaukee if you are into kitesurfing or sailing, as Lake Michigan is popular for that. If you like trying out new things, you should definitely visit Milwaukee, which is also known as the City of Festivals. You can sample different types of cultural events and cuisines pretty much year round. Milwaukee is also known for its many parks and nature trails, so it has something for everybody.
The client had recently acquired a small 2-bedroom ranch-style home in a quiet neighborhood in Milwaukee. She owned a chain of small bakeries operating in various parts of Pennsylvania, and specialized in unusual and exotic pastries and confections. She intended to use the home for research and development, a sort of test kitchen. She had remodeled the main floor to be one large kitchen with industrial grade ovens and stainless steel prep tables. She called us in for a quote for two large marble tables she had set up in a chilled controlled section of the home.
The client intended to use the marble tables for pastries, candies, and sugar art. We immediately recommended Calacatta marble because we had just received a large shipment of 3 cm slabs, and it is not so easy to get in such quantities. It was a little on the high-end, however, but the client considered it a worthy investment. We inspected the table frame to determine if it was strong enough to hold a 9 x 5 foot marble slab (it was over a 1,000 lb each), and we were reassured by the thickness and number of the cast iron legs and three equidistant base disks of the table. We would need to put down 1″ thick MDF on the table so that we would have something solid on which to glue on the marble slabs. The client questioned us closely about food safety issues of using MDF for the sub table, but we assured her it would be appropriately treated.
The marble counters were easily fabricated and installed, although delivering such large single pieces was a challenge because of the weight. We had provided her with a honed finish because it wore better than highly polished marble under frequent and heavy use. The client was very pleased with the look of the Calacatta, and promptly contracted us to install a pastry table in her own home while the slabs were still available. She was a very shrewd woman, always a plus when you’re in business.
We at Badger Granite take pride in providing our clients with what they need in a timely manner. This project came together beautifully because we had the inventory, and we were able to exceed the expectations of the client. We believe that consistently giving value-added products and services is the best way to do business, especially when you are dealing with smart clients.
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