Pewaukee,Pewaukee Lake,the history of Waukesha Beach,and the Pewaukee real estate market

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Driving along the beach front looking out at Pewaukee Lake you wouldn't think of the history and activity that existed there at one point. It wasn't too long ago that we could always congregate at Calvanos for a Pewaukee Lake,Waukesha,Waukesha Beach,Pewaukee real estateMonday night open music party, at least from what I can recollect. Now all Pewaukee Lake,Waukesha,Waukesha Beach,Pewaukee real estatethat is gone and there is a magnificent board walk of buildings in the whole streets place. prior to that, it was a simple life and enjoyment, trolley cars, picnics, and eventually an amusement park. That is all gone now and the only thing that is certain in ones eyes is the same magnificent Pewaukee Lake. My grandmother used to tell me that everyone Pewaukee Lake,Waukesha,Waukesha Beach,Pewaukee real estatein Waukesha would come out and spend the day and evening at Waukesha beach. The name was conceived by two businessmen that purchased a parcel in 1893. P.J. Buckley and T.E. Ryan purchased a portion of land along the southern side of Pewaukee Lake. The two named their new plot Waukesha Beach.

Right around the turn of the new century, Foster C. Phelps, owner of a Waukesha resort hotel and mayor of the City, purchased Waukesha Beach. In the beginning, Waukesha Beach was a nice, calm place to go and relax a bit. Visitors could take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or go diving from an enormous platform. Then, in 1910, the fate of the Beach changed as a small roller coaster, called the Figure 8, was constructed. The ride was immensely popular,Pewaukee Lake,Waukesha,Waukesha Beach,Pewaukee real estate drawing crowds in ever growing numbers, and in turn causing an explosion of activity. All kinds of rides, concession stands, and games began to appear.  More boats began to make stops at Waukesha Beach, and trolley lines began to arrive with visitors on a daily basis. Two new roller coasters were added,and many other amusements awaited visitors, as Waukesha Beach. Time, and the economy had it's way with Waukesha beach and now what stands a test of time is just that Waukesha Beach at Pewaukee Lake.

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Michael,

Amazing how simple life was back then; what's even more perplexing is the fact that it really was not that long ago.

November 28, 2009 09:48 PM
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So, is the amusement park still there? If not what year did it finally leave the area? We had one on a place called Janzen Beach here and it was here until the 1960's then malls and hotels were put up when I-5 was built and the amusement park just disappeared. (Really sad)

 Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

December 01, 2009 12:07 PM
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Renée Burrows
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Very cool history lesson Mr Teacher~! I didn't know that Waukesha Beach had a mini boardwalk, awesome!

December 02, 2009 05:53 PM
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Todd

It was gone quite a long time ago. I remember this beach just being by itself in the 60's.

December 02, 2009 06:03 PM
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Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
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Renee,

It must have been pretty cool; amuzements, booze, women, and.... hey wait a minute... where in the heck did all that fun go?

December 02, 2009 06:04 PM
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