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This painting reflects the nearly forgotten fishing village on Jones Island

This week on Urban Spelunking we're visiting Jones Island, a small section of land in the Port of Milwaukee, now home to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, among other industrial uses.

A century ago the island looked quite different, and the residents there lived much differently than the rest of Milwaukee, too. It was completely isolated from the city, requiring a boat ride to access it. But residents had many amenities on the island, including a school staffed by teachers who would boat in.

This week we learn not only about the island, but also tell the story of a painting created by a Jones Island artist. That painting was recently dedicated to MMSD and now hangs at its headquarters building, across from the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Listen to the podcast below, and visit OnMilwaukee for more history and photos.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee