Bay View Historical Society Walk to Feature Tippecanoe

July 25, 2013

The Bay View Historical Society’s August Walk will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at 9:30 am. Registration will start at 9:00 am at the Lake Water Tower and Municipal Building, 4001 South Sixth Street. The cost is $5.00 for Bay View Historical Society members and $7.00 for nonmembers.

The walk, led by Ron Winkler and Greg Wernisch, will be in Tippecanoe, centered around Howell and Howard. It will be a preview of the Tippecanoe chapter of Winkler’s book Milwaukee’s Town of Lake to be published in December.

Wernisch’s Walk will be approximately two hours. Winkler’s walk will go into more detail and will be slightly longer. This neighborhood is also known as the Garden District whose community gardens are on 6th Street across from the water tower. The Garden District Neighborhood Association will hold its farmers market on the day of the walk from 1:00 until 5:00 pm.

Tippecanoe was a truck farming district centered around the intersection of Howell and Howard where the Howard, Burdick and Austin families operated farms that supplied fruits, vegetables and grains to Milwaukee. Truck farming continued after World War II, but by 1960 most of the greenhouses were gone.

Most of Tippecanoe’s boundaries are vague. On the north, Tippecanoe shares a common border with Bay View at Morgan Avenue. The southern boundary is roughly Layton Avenue. The western border is just past 6th Street to include the water tower. There is no clear eastern border.

Retired Great Lakes Sea Captain John Saveland established the Tippecanoe subdivision in 1889 and hoped it would become a residential suburb. Then in 1893 he opened Tippecanoe amusement hall and Lake Tippecanoe. He even persuaded the streetcar owners to extend their line out into the country to Tippecanoe.

Participants will hear the story of John Saveland and learn about his Tippecanoe subdivision and amusement hall. The tour will visit Saveland Park, a remnant of Saveland’s Lake Tippecanoe and see his home which is adjacent to the park. The tour will also visit Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church, built on the foundation of Saveland’s amusement hall.

Saveland liked the Tippecanoe name with its connection to Benjamin Harrison, US President in 1893. Harrison and Saveland were Republicans and Harrison’s grandfather William Henry Harrison had been President in 1841. The elder Harrison was the hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 and his campaign slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too!” was a reminder of his war exploits and included the name of his running mate John Tyler.

Tippecanoe has a semi-rural and suburban atmosphere due to its large lots. At one point, participants will be able to see these large lots and compare them with Milwaukee’s conventional size lots across the street. They will also be able to see the diverse housing styles in this area.

Walk participants will also learn about the Van Beck family of farmers who lived in this area and their connection to St. Veronica Catholic Church where Father James Groppi was an assistant. Also on the walk will be Morgan Burdick’s home, Tippecanoe Library, Tippecanoe School, Tippecanoe Library and Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Please join us for the Tippecanoe Tour on Saturday, August 3rd at 9:30 am.

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