Ghost Signs Offer Clues about Milwaukee’s Industrial Past
Milwaukee is the Baltimore of the American midwest. Full of architectural gems, bursting with great food, home to fantastic museums, and riddled with understated beauty, this city of 600,000 is well worth the 90 minute rail ride from Chicago. My time in Milwaukee was too brief, but searching for architectural surprises made for a great treasure hunt. Dotted across the city in neighborhoods like the Historic Third Ward were ghost signs, reminders of when Milwaukee was a manufacturing giant. Some of the ghost signes are faded and almost gone, others are ornate, and all are reminders of Milwaukee’s blue-collar past while staring down at the city’s current revitalization.