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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Toula Rosebrock
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Hi Tom:

How things have changed through the years!

I love seeing these old photos!!!

November 27, 2009 02:32 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
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Toula

I am with you a 100%; oh how things have changed in a short time.

November 27, 2009 02:59 PM #2
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Tom - I always enjoy the historical photos you include in your discussions of your local communities. I guess some day OUR photos will be historical!

Jeff

November 27, 2009 04:28 PM #3
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Mara Hawks
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Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

What a fantastic resource page & post, especially for folks moving into the area. I always enjoy the historical photos, too. Happy Thanksgiving week, Tom.

November 27, 2009 07:51 PM #4
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha

Jeff,

It seems like I have this personal mission to find those old photos. I think I am going to start doing an old, and now thing as well.

November 27, 2009 08:08 PM #5
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Tom Braatz
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Mara,

What is it about old photos that make them so intriguing?

November 27, 2009 08:09 PM #6
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
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We so agree with everyone...your photos are classic!

November 28, 2009 02:42 AM #7
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Tom - your area is so incredibly righ with history!  I love your highlights and you do such a wonderful job with them!  Hope, you, Spencer and Lars had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2009 07:24 AM #8
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha

Leesa,

Thanks; today I get to go out and visit and explore. I'm hoping you guys had a great Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2009 09:13 AM #9
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Tom Braatz
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Larry and Sheila,

I have made it an effort to find these old pictures now.

November 28, 2009 09:13 AM #10
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Thanks again for the photos. We also have seen an area near us turn from a carnival setting to residential and commercial along the lake. History of an area is so interesting to me thanks for sharing.

November 28, 2009 03:54 PM #11
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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You are not only the local expert - but historian as well Tom - always enjoyable to read your areas history and see these photos!

Belated Happy Thanksgiving !

Sincerely,

Grace

November 28, 2009 04:09 PM #12
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Tom Braatz
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Terry and Bonnie,

I am beginning that was a norm back then was top associate waterfronts with amusements.

November 28, 2009 04:56 PM #13
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
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Grace

A history buff at heart; hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2009 04:57 PM #14
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Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
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Tom - What a great post and tribute to your very special part of the world.

Michael in Alexandria - Northern Virginia's Best Small City

November 28, 2009 09:01 PM #15
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Tom Braatz
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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 #16
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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 #17
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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 #18
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
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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 #19
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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 #20
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