Good­ness and Ghosts

Filled with bright spots and dark cor­ners, Mil­wau­kee can seem al­most Gothic.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

Wood Na­tional Ceme­tery

Few peo­ple visit this ceme­tery on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter, 5000 W. Na­tional Ave. “It’s a sin­gle grave­yard, but it’s sub­di­vided by con­flict and has a num­ber of large mon­u­ments,” says lo­cal his­to­rian John Gurda. He also rec­om­mends check­ing out the old Town of Mil­wau­kee ceme­tery on Port Wash­ing­ton Road just north of Bayshore and the very old Jewish ceme­tery at the in­ter­sec­tion of Hop­kins and Cham­bers streets, which dates to 1849. “That one’s re­ally hid­den,” he says. “When I was do­ing the Jewish his­tory, I had to shimmy un­der a chain-link fence to get a photo of the last mon­u­ment stand­ing.”

Sen-Sen Ghost

Many Third Ward build­ings still bear the faded rem­nants of painted signs ad­ver­tis­ing such prod­ucts as candy, warm win­ter coats and bed linens. Pre­served un­der city code, the signs date from the early 20th cen­tury, with one ex­cep­tion: the well-known Sen-Sen lozenges sign on the north side of the Broad­way The­atre Cen­ter (158 N. Broad­way). It was first painted in 1968 for a Hol­ly­wood mu­si­cal, “Gaily, Gaily,” that was filmed partly in the old Third Ward.

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