Pabst Park - Milwaukee, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 43° 04.453 W 087° 54.956
16T E 425433 N 4769463
Quick Description: In the 1890s Frederick Pabst acquired this land and built Pabst Park. The park had a roller coaster, a "Katzenjammer palace" fun house, the "smallest real railroad in the world" and many other amusement devices.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 10:29:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM4N5H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 36

Long Description:

From the Milwaukee Public Library web site:

"Pabst Park, located between N. 3rd and N. 5th Sts, south of W. Burleigh St., was a favorite of Milwaukeeans for many years. Capt. Frederick Pabst acquired the land in the 1890s from the Milwaukee Schuetzen Gesellschaft, a German shooting society. Pabst transformed it into an amusement park, featuring a roller coaster, a "Katzenjammer palace" fun house, the "smallest real railroad in the world" and many other amusement devices on its midway. Events included band concerts held every afternoon and evening during the summer, and a workers' parade that ended with a celebration there every Labor Day. But by 1921, the park's popularity had declined and Pabst's heirs gave a real estate firm an option on the grounds for a proposed subdivision. When north siders circulated a petition in protest, the city bought the land for a public park and renamed it in honor of President James A. Garfield. (Photograph courtesy of the Milwaukee County Park Commission and information from the Milwaukee Public Library local history collection.)

Another picture can be seen here.

The leaves had all fallen and things looked a bit deserted when this picture was taken at Pabst Park in October, 1921.

Date Park Opened: 01/01/1895

Date Park Closed: 01/01/1921

Address:
Burleigh St between 3rd Ave and 5th Ave
Milwaukee, WI USA
53212


Current Use or Function:
City Park


Is the park still there?: No

If not, what is in its place now?:
City Park


Visit Instructions:
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