John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Saturday, August 9, 2008, the Bay View Historical Society will hold its annual Walking Tour. This tour will cover the National Bay View Historic District and will start and end at the historic Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View. Ron Winkler and Bill O'Brien will be the tour guides. The tour will include buildings that date back as far as the 1870's. The tour covers the area bounded by Estes Street, South Shore Drive, Delaware and Potter Avenues. Tour participants will get an inside tour of the Beulah Brinton House and get to view the house of one of Bay View's first settlers, an original puddler's cottage, the oldest surviving church built on donated lots from the Milwaukee Iron Company, and the last surviving city artesian well as well as other sites. The walk will last about 2 1/2 hours and light refreshments will be served after the walk. The cost is $5.00 to members and seniors, and $10.00 to non-members. The walk will begin at 9:30 AM at the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior Street, in Bay View. This walk will give you an appreciation of the history, architecture and lifestyle of the Bay View national Historic District. If you have any questions, please call Ron Winkler at 414-744-9404.