Then and Now, Central-Milwaukee

1931–Central Avenue @ Milwaukee Avenue, view south

2020–the same location

In 1931 electric trolley buses began service on Central Avenue.  The photo shows the northern end of the line.  The buses came up Central to Milwaukee, turned right on Milwaukee a short distance to Foster, turned right on Foster to Central, then turned left to run south on Central.   The railroad viaduct in the distance was a recent construction—the section of Central between Milwaukee here and Goodmans Street to the south was a new street cut through to accommodate the trolley buses.

Sometime after 1931, a small diner was built on the triangular property bounded by Central-Milwaukee-Foster.  During the 1960s, many of us teenagers who bowled at Habetler’s would buy rum-soaked Crooks cigars there, because the owner never bothered about ID-cards.  The diner was finally razed during the 1990s.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Central-Milwaukee”


  1. 1 Jack August 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    That’s where we’d change buses going to Schurz High School…57-61

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt August 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      My wife changed buses going to Notre Dame High School there too—except she changed from Milwaukee to Central.
      –JRS


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