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WWII War Effort: Cool History, Hamilton Manufacturing - Two Rivers, Wisconsin


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#1 Bugme

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 03:44 PM

In WWII,Hamilton Manufacturing of Two Rivers, Wisconsin(My hometown) manufactured artillery and rifle shell casings for U.S. War Dept. My Grandfather worked there during the war and eventually retired from Hamiltons.

After WWII, Hamiltons went into building Medical Furnishings. Sadly, this sprawling plant taking 40 acres is now being demolished. I took these photo's just as the demolition was beginning. It is sad to see the place that at one time employed several thousand people and contributed to the war effort in a big way, slowly become a memory

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 03:53 PM

Before Demolition(Most of this is gone already, the rest will be gone soon)

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 03:54 PM

In it's hay-day

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 05:43 PM

That is huge..

 

Thanks for posting this Bug.

 

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 07:28 AM

Here's a few shots from another angle from way back. The one photo shows a time when they were adding on and not tearing down. It has been sad to see this icon of the community slowly depart.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 07:32 AM

And the same area a few weeks ago.  :(

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 11:54 AM

Photo taken today... it's all over.
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 08:59 AM

Too bad it came down completely, thanks for the pictures. Were you able to get any souvenirs from the demolition?



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:23 PM

Two Rivers....birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae!

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:26 AM

Too bad it came down completely, thanks for the pictures. Were you able to get any souvenirs from the demolition?

 

Sadly,I got nothing from the place. My son got a few bricks from the building but, at the end of the day, they're just bricks.

 

Two Rivers....birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae!

 

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You've been to Two Rivers! Yup, most people don't know that the Ice Cream Sundae was invented here!
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Here's the building right across from the old Hamilton site where they still sell sundae's next door to where the first one was made. The parking lot behind the building is where Berners Ice Cream shop was. The Washington house has a great local museum with awesome history about Hamiltons, the war effort and all the other great history about this old fishing community turned industrial.
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