West 6th St. Bridge, Racine

Alexandar Eschweiler is a name familiar to most anyone with an interest in architecture in S.E. Wisconsin.  His work includes the Wisconsin Power and Light Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Charles S. Whitney may not be as recognizable a name to architectural historians in Milwaukee.  Whitney came to Milwaukee in 1919 after receiving his Civil Engineering degree from Cornell University.  He worked for Eschweiler as an engineer until 1923, when Eschweiler brought his three sons into his practice.  Whitney moved to New York and became a partner in Ammann and Whitney, an engineering and design firm that became world famous and is known for designing the Walt Whitman Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York.

Whitney designed the West 6th Street Bridge in Racine in 1928.  The bridge is notable for its Terra Cotta bas relief panels. The Neptune styled faces on the side of the bridge provide outlets for storm water collecting on the deck of the bridge.

Turtle Creek Stone Arch Bridge

Turtle Creek (Tiffany) railroad bridge

Built in 1869, this bridge was constructed of stone quarried in east-central Wisconsin.  The 5-span, 387 foot bridge is located near Beloit in south-central Wisconsin.  A Chicago engineer named Van Mienen designed the bridge for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company.  Van Mienen’s work was reportedly inspired by a stone arch bridge in Campiegne, France

“When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view”

“But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.”    Patrick Geddes

Foreground building:  Milwaukee Gas Light Building; completed in 1930; architect – Eschweiler & Eschweiler

Tower on right:  First Wisconsin Center (now US Bank Center); completed in 1973; architect – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Tower mid-left background:  Northwestern Mutual Tower; completed in 2017; architect – Pickard Chilton



Fire Lookout Towers

This is the Necedah Bluffs Lookout Tower.  The 64′ high tower was erected in 1928.  During the 1920’s and ’30’s there was a strong initiative to protect Wisconsin’s forests and logging interests from fire.  There is record of 180 tower sites, primarily in the northern half of the state.

There were approximately 70 observation towers still standing in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin DNR has decommissioned all tower activities as of last year.

Camping Solitude

Camped in the Chequamegon National Forest west of Westboro, Wisconsin.  The moon was three-quarters full and, when not blocked by the forest canopy, cast a lit edge along the flowage.


I hiked on the Ice Age Trail east from Forest Road 108 and followed a semi-primitive lobe trail to the south.  The trail rimmed a bog that opened as a small lake.


The head of this small plant is suffering from Uncombable Hair Syndrome, otherwise known as Albert Einstein hair.

Lakefront Icons

Here are a couple of Milwaukee lakefront icons.  This photo is of the south face of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava Pavillion.  I have included two or three other photos in earlier posts featuring the extendable wings and support mast.

Discovery World is a lakefront museum that features physical science exhibits that are targeting a learning experience.  During the warmer months (what a joke) they dock a replica of a 19th century three masted Great Lakes schooner called the Denis Sullivan.