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Monuments and Statues Tour in Milwaukee (Self Guided), Milwaukee

Milwaukee is home to a variety of statues and monuments of different grades of importance, from entertaining ones to memorials commemorating war and its victims. There are also very unusual statues such as a monument to a duck and its ducklings. Take this walking tour to explore Milwaukee's monuments and statues.
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Monuments and Statues Tour in Milwaukee Map

Guide Name: Monuments and Statues Tour in Milwaukee
Guide Location: USA » Milwaukee (See other walking tours in Milwaukee)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: StaceyP
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leif Eriksson
  • Solomon Juneau
  • Abraham Lincoln Statue
  • Gertie the Duck
  • Statue of The Fonz
  • Pere Marquette Statue
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Civil War Memorial
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Leif Eriksson

1) Leif Eriksson

Leif, the Discoverer is a bronze sculpture of Leif Ericson created by American sculptor Anne Whitney in 1887. The figure is approximately 8 feet tall. The sculpture is bronze; the base is red sandstone.

On the sandstone base, the inscription reads, “Leif, the discoverer/ son of Erik/ who sailed from Iceland/ and landed on this continent/ A.D. 1000”. In runic letters, it also reads, “Leif, son of Erik the Red”.

The original statue resides in Boston, Massachusetts on Commonwealth Avenue. In November of 1887, the Milwaukee replica was erected; however, at the request of its donor, Mrs. Joseph Gilbert, there was no dedication ceremony. On 26 April 2003, the Sons of Norway Fosselyngen Lodge held a ceremony to celebrate the recent addition of the statue’s lighting, which cost $3,800. The funds were bequested by the late lodge member, Duane Olson. The addition was a joint effort between the Sons of Norway Fosselyngen Lodge, Milwaukee County and the city of Milwaukee. Prior to this, there had been evidence of structural instability, through cracks, erosion, and the deterioration of caulking in a pedestal.

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Solomon Juneau

2) Solomon Juneau

The Juneau Monument is a public artwork by American artist Richard Henry Park located on the grounds of Juneau Park. The base of the statue is made of limestone. On top of the base is a bronze statue of Solomon Juneau. On each side of the base are bronze reliefs. The statue is 5 feet wide by 15 feet high. Inscribed on the front of the limestone base is “Solomon Juneau”. “The gift of Charles T. Bradley, and William H. Metcalf to the City of Milwaukee,” is inscribed on the back. On the left side of the base is a bronze relief of Solomon Juneau being greeted by Native Americans. On the right side of the statue is a bronze relief of Solomon Juneau being elected by congressmen.

The sculpture was unveiled on July 6, 1887 by Juneau’s granddaughter Hattie White. Solomon Juneau was a French Canadian born in a small village near Montreal, Canada on august 9, 1793. Juneau was a French trader with the American Fur Company. He was the postmaster and the first president of the Village of Milwaukee. He was elected the first mayor of the City of Milwaukee in 1846. Juneau died in 1856 while making an Indian payment for the U.S. Government at a reservation in Keshena. Shoe manufacturers Charles T. Bradley and William H. Metcalf were friends of the Juneau family and gave them the Juneau Monument as a gift in remembrance of the First Mayor of Milwaukee.

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Abraham Lincoln Statue

3) Abraham Lincoln Statue

Abraham Lincoln statue is a public artwork by American artist Gaetano Cecere located on Lincoln Memorial Drive. Gaetano Cecere's Abraham Lincoln stands tall at 10'6". The cast bronze sculpture sits on a Wausau red granite pedestal. There are various inscriptions on the sculpture.

Abraham Lincoln came to Milwaukee on September 30, 1859. He spoke at Wisconsin Agricultural Society, as well as to a group at the Newhall House. In 1916 the Lincoln Memorial Association, a group organized by Mayor Daniel Hoan, decided to commission a sculpture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this event. A public subscription campaign raised $23,000 for the sculpture. This money was donated by schoolchildren, the business community, and members of the E.B Wolcott Post of the G.A.R. In 1932 the Lincoln Memorial Association hosted a national competition for the Abraham Lincoln sculpture's design. Gaetano Cecere, a sculptor from New York City, won.

The sculpture was originally placed on Lincoln Memorial Drive looking west. It was placed in storage in 1954 when the War Memorial Center construction began. It was subsequently placed in front of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Club on East Wisconsin Avenue. It was once again placed on the Lincoln Memorial Drive bridge in 1986.

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Gertie the Duck

4) Gertie the Duck

Gertie the Duck is a world famous mallard and an icon of Milwaukee history. The story of her heroic efforts to hatch six ducklings became an inspiration for many Americans near the end of World War II. Gertie's story unfolded as a daily serial in the local newspaper for 37 days, captivating the residents of Milwaukee, the state and eventually the country.

Gertie the Duck, a 4-foot bronze sculpture of the mallard, was created by sculptor Gwendolyn Gillen and installed in September 1997 on the northwest side of the Wisconsin Ave. bridge over the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee. The original cost of the sculpture was $15,000 and it was given to the city from the Eppstein Uhen Architects firm. The sculpture can be found along the Milwaukee Riverwalk as part of the art displays called RiverSculpture!. Nicholas P. Georgiady and Louis G. Romano, two Milwaukee-area teachers, wrote the children's book "Gertie the Duck" in 1959. The book was reissued in 1988 after selling more than 800,000 copies and translated into six languages.

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Statue of The Fonz

5) Statue of The Fonz

The Bronze Fonz is a public artwork by American artist Gerald P. Sawyer located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk just south of Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee. The Bronze Fonz depicts Henry Winkler as the Happy Days TV show character Arthur Fonzarelli, also known as the Fonz. Fonzie stands in his typical costume, which consists of a leather jacket and jeans. He is giving a two-handed thumbs up.

The artwork was created with the purpose of bringing tourism and new businesses to Milwaukee. The piece was commissioned by Visit Milwaukee, a non-profit group that works toward making Milwaukee a place for tourism and interest. Visit Milwaukee raised $85,000 to commission the statue.

Mike Brenner, then a local gallery owner and executive director of Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN), objected to the statue, which he erroneously thought would be located on the intersection of Wisconsin and Water Streets, a prominent downtown site. He threatened to close his gallery, Hotcakes, and resign as executive director of MARN if "that stupid Fonzie sculpture" was erected there. Brenner received death threats in voicing side against the Bronze Fonz and considering taking donations to build a statue of himself. That never came to pass, as the funds were raised for the Bronze Fonz, which was erected on the east side of Milwaukee Riverwalk, as was originally intended, next to Rock Bottom Brewery, just south of Wells Street. True to his word, Brenner closed Hotcakes Gallery in May 2008.

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Pere Marquette Statue

6) Pere Marquette Statue

The Pere Marquette Statue was funded by Milwaukee Sentinel Newspaper and was a replica of an earlier statue that was an object of vandalism and was removed. The statue is located in Pere Marquette Park. It is completed in bronze and was installed and rededicated on Bastille Day in 1987. The statue represents Pere Marquette standing and holding a cross in his left hand. His right hand is directed upward. Behind the statue there is a granite wall where a river with a Native American in a canoe is represented.
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Mahatma Gandhi

7) Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was a preeminent political and ideological leader of India. His statue is located in MacArthur Square. Cast in bronze, this statue was dedicated in 2002. It was sculpted by Gautam Pal of Kolkata and is a replica of the statue in Washington. It is a gift from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and represents the strong partnership between these two countries.
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Civil War Memorial

8) Civil War Memorial

The Victorious Charge, or Civil War Memorial, is a public artwork by American artist John S. Conway located on the Court of Honor on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. The 1898 bronze sculpture is 9'10" high and sits on a 20' square granite pedestal. Conway's sculpture is the most important nineteenth century Civil War monument in Wisconsin. Four Union soldiers cast in bronze are caught in action, moving forward to victory. Conway revolutionized the Civil War memorial by depicting a realistic looking group of soldiers in action. His sculpture exudes energy and movement, faithfully capturing the intensity and horrors of battle.

Thirteen years passed from the moment that Alexander Mitchell agreed to finance a Civil War monument for the city of Milwaukee and the moment when Conway's sculpture was dedicated. Mitchell had not yet decided on a design for the monument when he died in 1887. His son, US senator John Mitchell, agreed to continue financing the project with the help of the Soldier's Memorial Committee. Lydia Ely Hewitt, John S. Conway's friend, stepped in and devised different ways to raise the $30,000 necessary to erect the monument. The dedication of The Victorious Charge took place on June 28, 1898, coinciding with a four-day carnival celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Wisconsin's entry into the Union.

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