Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

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Whitefish Bay is a village in Milwaukee County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 13,508 as of the 2005 census.

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Geography

Whitefish Bay is located at 43°6′42″N 87°54′3″W / 43.11167°N 87.90083°W / 43.11167; -87.90083 (43.111711, -87.900762)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Whitefish Bay was first settled by Native Americans and later by fishermen and farmers. In 1889, Captain Frederick Pabst, one of Milwaukee's beer barons, spent $30,000 to take advantage of Whitefish Bay's unique location by developing a popular lakeshore resort, which he called the Pabst Whitefish Bay Resort. Across the street from the original Resort, now resides Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn.

As many as 10,000 visitors would come to the resort on a summer day by horse and buggy, railroad, trolley or excursion steamer. They came to enjoy the scenic view, to ride the Ferris wheel, attend daily concerts (double concerts on Sunday), rent row boats, watch outdoor movies, drink beer and dine on fine fare, including five types of whitefish netted daily in the adjoing bay. The resort's popularity faded in 1914, and the park was closed. In 1915 the land was subdivided into 17 residential lots, and today 13 homes are located on the former resort shoreline property.

Whitefish Bay's emphasis on education began when farmers in the area demanded local schooling for children living in the area. In 1892, the 392 residents incorporated a village and built a school of their own on a triangle of land now known as Old Schoolhouse Park, across from today's public library. Unfortunately this school burned down due to a passing train which caused sparks to land on the wooden schoolhouse.

Whitefish Bay had a surge of home building in the 1920s and a bigger boom in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, the village's population was over 18,000, but it is currently just over 14,000.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 14,163 people, 5,457 households, and 4,016 families residing in the village. The population density was 6,610.8 people per square mile (2,555.3/km²). There were 5,553 housing units at an average density of 2,592.0/sq mi (1,001.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.09% White, 0.98% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.58% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

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