History is Kept Alive in Cedarburg

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This was our first time in Cedarburg together, my first in about 17 years. It’s in Ozaukee county, 20 miles north of Milwaukee. We arrived at 8:45 AM and our first stop was Covered Bridge Park.  This is the last covered bridge of this design in Wisconsin, crossing Cedar Creek.

Covered Bridge 2

Last Covered Bridge sign_2645Al and Laurie Text

After the park we went to their Washington Ave. Historic District. Over 200 buildings in Cedarburg have been preserved and restored, bustling with many interesting businesses.

The city used to have a train called the Interurban that took workers to Milwaukee. The train is long gone, but the original train depot is still there. There was a Little Free Library designed to look like the depot. The train track corridor is now the Interurban Trail for bikes and pedestrians. It’s 30 miles long.

Frametext Interurban DepotLittle Library depotIMG_2766Riding the Interurban

Interurban bridgeWashington Ave Historic District sign

Cedarburg Historyclock

Two impressive structures are side-by-side on Columbia  Road. First is  Landmark Feed, Seed and Supply, first a grist mill constructed in 1855. It’s 5 stories high and towers above Cedar Creek.

Grist Mill

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Next to it is The Pagoda Fine Jewelry store.

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Here is some interesting history on the mills and Cedar Creek.

First 100 Years

Mills on the CreekOrigins of Cedar Creek

The nearby Fire Department and Municipal Building are also in historic structures.

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We continue down Washington Ave to the Cedar Creek Settlement.. It’s a group of historic industrial buildings that now house about 30 shops including three restaurants.

Settlement

We had lunch at the Anvil Pub and Grille there. It is the former blacksmith shop, and anvils were scattered throughout the restaurant.  Our food was delicious!  A stone hearth oven cooks the food now instead of softening iron for blacksmiths. They had historic pictures of when it was a working blacksmith shop.

Anvil BarStone Hearth Oven

Blacksmith pic

We had a great visit here, this summary barely scratches to surface of our 5 1/2 hour visit.  I encourage you to come if you can, the shopping is fantastic!  I leave you with this mural I found painted on a wall.

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9 thoughts on “History is Kept Alive in Cedarburg

  1. Loved all the pictures Laurie and I love reading all the historic signs about the city. You do a great job. It sounds like you had a great day and really nice weather. I’m happy for you.

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  3. Hi, I’d like to use your Interurban Depot photo for a Geocache I’ve placed at that location, but I can’t find any way to contact you. I signed up for “Notify me of followup comments via email” so if you reply to this comment I should receive notification. Thank you.

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