What’s the deal with these mystery pillars on the East Side?

What’s the deal with these mystery pillars on the East Side?

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On the corner of Shepherd and Locust on Milwaukee’s East Side sits a mystery — a collection of brick pillars of varying heights, just kind of sitting there, on an empty lot.

They’re surrounded by concrete steps, but they don’t appear to lead anywhere. So, pillars and steps, and that’s about all we knew.

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo said it best about the pillars on Shepherd and Locust, “Nice, but why?” Photo: Bobby Tanzilo.

But that changed when a reader recently asked OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo to look into it. He then began the process of researching the the pillars’ origins, digging up old insurance maps of the site.

Did they hold gates? Or was it something else?

This week on Urban Spelunking, Bobby fills me in on this East Side mystery and gives us the results of his research. Listen below.

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