Milwaukee began to grow as a city as high numbers of immigrants, mainly German, made their way to Wisconsin during the 1840s and 1850s.
Milwaukee has three "founding fathers": Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George H. Solomon Juneau was the first of the three to come to the area, in 1818.
Ranked by estimated 2014 population, Milwaukee was the 31st largest city in the United States.
Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
He was not the first European settler (Alexis Laframboise settled a trading post in 1785) but founded a town called Juneau's Side, or Juneautown, that began attracting more settlers.
In competition with Juneau, Byron Kilbourn established Kilbourntown west of the Milwaukee River and made sure the streets running toward the river did not join with those on the east side.
French missionaries and traders first passed through the area in the late 17th and 18th centuries.