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    Milwaukee County ZooMilwaukee County Zoo Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
    The Milwaukee Zoo contains 1800 animals housed on 200 acres, famous for the first birth of polar bears and siamangs that were held in captivity, as well as being the home for the biggest group of bonobos in a single location that is outside their native Democratic Republic of the Congo and two the National Zoo's world renown cheetahs. Originally opened as the West Park Zoo in 1892, showcasing smaller mammals and birds, adding two cinnamon bears in the next year, with a new iron bear den. In 1899, it would construct a herbivore building that would contain various animals, becoming the Washington Park Zoo in 1900 and enlarged to 23 acres in 1902. During the Great Depression, the zoo would continue to grow and expand, opening a bear den that looked more natural, and by 1931, it would house some 37 specimens. The zoo was starting to show its age and condition by 1937, although it would open a reptile exhibit in the main building in 1942. In 1953, the zoo would change its name once more, to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County, even though it was still situated in Washington Park. Fundraising for a new zoo began in earnest in 1956, and the new Milwaukee County Zoo opened in 1958 containing a feline house, grizzly bear den, primate building, monkey island and pachyderm mall; as well as a miniature train line called the Zoo line. It would carry visitors around the zoo to see their displays and construction works, with an Alaskan bear exhibit and dall sheep mountain being started in 1959. In 1961, the Milwaukee County Zoo opened to the public, with eventual additions in the way of an aviary in 1962, Australian building in in 1963, original animal hospital in 1963, small mammal house in 1965, aquarium in 1968, reptile house in 1968, and children's zoo in 1971. The fabulous polar bear underwater viewing display opened in 1986. During 1965, four Zoomobile tour trains were donated by Allis-Chalmers, and in 1986, the children's zoo would become the Stackner Heritage Farm, with a marvelous dairy complex built to showcase the state's fame as America's Dairyland. Current exhibits include; aquatic and reptile center, Taylor Family Humboldt penguins, Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Gallery, Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary, Macque Island, Stern Family Apes of Africa and Primates of the world.

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    The Eschweiler BuildingsThe Eschweiler Buildings Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
    The Eschweiler Buildings had originally been constructed in the early turn of the 20th century as an agricultural school, since the area's rural population was the second biggest in the state, so the board of supervisors decided to start a high school of agriculture and domestic economy, and the state's first attempt at technical education. Graduates would have to meet the University of Wisconsin's entrance requirements, as well as getting a great education in improved methods of farming and homemaking skills, with Alexander C. Eschweiler designing all the structures that included a residence hall and various structures for poultry, horticulture and dairy studies. It opened in 1912, with county residents attending for free, and non-residents paying $27 a month. WWI vets would increase the student body for a while, but by 1928, the rural population had declined and the school closed. During its operations, 215 students would pass two, three and four year programs. The buildings would then be used as a sanitarium, numerous businesses and more. They would become national historic landmarks in 1978, but during the last decade, the structures have fallen into decay and neglect, with many in the community believing that the county wants to tear down these historical structures and place more commercial businesses there.

May 2, 2011