Waukesha, once swimming in water resources, now struggles

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

More than a century ago, Waukesha citizens armed with pitchforks, clubs and guns repelled a Chicago entrepreneur’s crew sent to build a pipeline from a downtown mineral spring to Chicago, where the water would be sold, rather than Lake Michigan water, to the crowds attending the 1893 World’s Fair.

Waukesha, once nationally known as Spring City, attracted thousands of tourists each summer at the end of the 19th century responding to stories of people claiming miraculous cures of kidney diseases, constipation and other illnesses after drinking water from any of the numerous springs.

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