Oak Creek, Wisconsin Through Time


The heart and soul of America is a combination of farmers working fields to feed the nation and manufacturing titans constructing buildings, streets, and cars. Oak Creek, Wisconsin, has lived up to its “City of Balance” moniker through the decades by meshing agriculture with industry to produce a bustling municipality while still maintaining a small city attitude. It is a unique place where pro-union liberals teamed with anti-establishment conservatives to save their city from being annexed and wiped off the map in 1955. The tax base built by the Wisconsin Electric power plant and General Motors’ AC Spark Plug provided necessary funds to develop neighborhoods, upgrade schools, and offer first-rate civic services for the residents. Contributions from apple-growing families to skilled trade workers enabled the southernmost suburb of Milwaukee to evolve from a largely rural town to the fastest growing city in the state.

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