Secret Milwaukee: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure



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Title: Secret Milwaukee: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Jim Nelsen
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781681064901
Price: $27.00

Often referred to as a “big small town” or “Smallwaukee,” you might think that Milwaukee does not have any secrets. Milwaukee’s image is one of quaint nostalgia, of beer, bratwurst, bowling, and television’s Laverne & Shirley. But Milwaukee is a lot more than those stereotypes. Inside Secret Milwaukee, you will find all sorts of Milwaukee lore that even longtime residents do not know about.

Which president of the United States was almost assassinated in Milwaukee? What is the city’s connection to The Exorcist? Which buildings are haunted? What are Milwaukee’s connections to the Mafia? Is there buried treasure here? And yes, you will also learn about beer, bratwurst, bowling, and Laverne & Shirley, along with the history of frozen custard, Milwaukee-style pizza, and a whole lot more.

Join author and Milwaukee native Jim Nelsen on a discovery of all things weird, wonderful, and obscure in “the 414.” Whether you’re a native or a visitor, let Secret Milwaukee be your guide to all of the little-known gems and hidden treasures that the city has to offer.


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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in


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