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A farewell to a Milwaukee smokestack

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Normally we talk about the history of Milwaukee buildings on 88Nine and OnMilwaukee’s Urban Spelunking podcast, but this week we’re talking about a part of a building.

And we’re saying goodbye, too, to an iconic smokestack.

Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo/OnMilwaukee

You’ve surely seen it rising above its Walker’s Point rooftop — visible from the High Rise Bridge — painted with the Sprecher logo on a white background. The logo has been there since the mid 1980s.

If not instantly recognizable from memory, this photo may help.

Photo via OnMilwaukee.com

Recognize it now?

The smokestack was demolished last week for structural reasons and is “the last remaining bit of a power station adjacent the building at 730 W. Oregon St. where former Pabst brewery Randy Sprecher launched the city’s first craft brewery in 1985,” writes OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo.

He gave us one last look at the smokestack, plus he shares how three modern day Milwaukee “pioneers” share a connection to the deconstruction.

Listen to this week’s podcast below and read more at OnMilwaukee.