611 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 101
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Monday - Friday
Lobby:9:00AM - 5:00PM
About This Branch
Ixonia Bank's Downtown Milwaukee location opened in early 2020. Services include, but are not limited to: Consumer & Commercial Banking | Mortgage & Consumer Loans | Wealth Management | ATM | Night Drop | Free Notary Services | Cashier's Checks | Foreign Exchange
About Milwaukee, WI
In an age when everyone and everything traveled by water, Milwaukee had the best natural harbor on the western shore of Lake Michigan. That single fact explains both the city’s location and its early growth. In the 1830s, settlers flocked to such a promising townsite. They founded three rival settlements—Juneautown, Kilbourntown, and Walker’s Point—that fought a small-scale civil war over the issue of bridges. Cooler heads finally prevailed in 1846, when all three sides came together as the City of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee rose to early prominence as a trader of grain, and the city was the largest shipper of wheat on the planet in the early 1860s. Shipping was joined by processing industries—flour-milling, meat-packing, leather-tanning, and brewing—that turned Wisconsin’s agricultural bounty into useful products. In the later 1800s, manufacturing became the city’s lifeblood, and Milwaukee turned out an unmatched variety of steam engines, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, mining shovels, and automobile frames.
Jobs in the metal-bending industries attracted tens of thousands of newcomers. German families—a majority of Milwaukee’s population as early as 1860—remained most numerous, but they were joined by Irish, Polish, Italian, Greek, Jewish, and other immigrants. In the 1920s, continued industrial expansion attracted large numbers of African Americans and Latinos as well.
Learn more from Milwaukee PBS & The Making of Milwaukee