Nestled in its stunning natural landscape, Port Washington is a city where fresh air and adventure are inevitable. There is much to discover, and history is as rich as any other city in the state of Wisconsin, from the early 19th century to the present. The hands-on exhibits encourage the exploration of the past and present and provide an entertaining experience, whether you are interested in history or not.
Travelers on the Mariners Trail will enjoy the sparkling waters of the Milwaukee River and the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington. If you just want to take a nice walk, enjoy the cool breeze from the breakwater while you move around the city under the lights of a carefree group of tourists.
A few steps from the marina is Saukville Elementary, which serves students in the southern and western neighborhoods of Port Washington and the city of Milwaukee. Students from the southern and western neighborhoods attend Dunwiddie Elementary, and students from all the northern and eastern neighborhoods, and even the western neighborhood visits Sauksville High School.
Port Washington is also connected by the Racine - Kenosha County Line Trail and the North Shore Trail, both of which run through the city from north to south. Racing's southeastern neighborhood is on the north side of the lake, while the "North Shore" Trail stretches south of Racines to the KenOSha county line.
The WE - Energies Trail, named after the Wisconsin Energy Corporation supply corridor that it uses for much of its route, is connected to the Racine - Kenosha County Line Trail and Port Washington Oak Trail. Both routes run directly through the Port of Washington and are accessible from parking lots along their routes.
Port Washington City maintains a variety of amenities, including parks, leisure facilities, parks and recreation centers, and public parks. The aptly named North and South Beach Parks offer parking and seating as well as access to the Port of Washington Beach, which is located north of downtown and south of Lake Michigan.
Port Washington has a lot to offer, but when you're done, Port Washington offers plenty of opportunities to relax. There are a variety of restaurants and bars within walking distance of the city, as well as a number of bars and restaurants within a short walk of the city centre.
The Lakefront Cycle Path, located at Sheboygan South Pier, starts at Indiana Avenue and connects to the Pier Boardwalk. The Milwaukee RiverWalk is a great way to get from Milwaukee to Port Washington and other parts of the city. At the southern end of this path is the Oak Leaf Trail, which connects Bradley Road and Brown Deer. This route was formerly an intercity passenger rail line that ran from Chicago to Milwaukee, with the port of Washington being the halfway point between the northern and southern terminals. Its northern end is at the intersection of Lake Street and Lake Avenue, just outside Portland.
Port Washington has become increasingly industrial, with the Wisconsin Chair Company being the largest employer. At its peak, the company employed more than 30% of the county's population and provided about half of Port Washington's jobs.
In the 1940s and 1970s, the population more than doubled from 4,046 to 8,752, and the city of Port Washington incorporated the land from the surrounding city into residential areas. The land had been part of Washington County for some time, but by the late 1840s it was a candidate for a county seat. In 1850, the Wisconsin legislature voted to divide Washington County into northern and southern counties. Disagreements between the community and voter fraud prevented Washington counties from having a permanent seat of government, so in 1851 Wisconsin State legislature intervened to create Ozaukee County from one-third of the eastern district and make Port Washington the seat of the new county.
Originally known as Wisconsin City, the area was already known as a settlement with this name, so the name was changed to Washington City in 1851. The name of the village changed again in 1870 to Port Washington, as it became an important port on Lake Michigan.
Commercial fishing flourished, and from the 1930s onwards, Port Washington Generating Station used the port to receive large amounts of coal daily for combustion for electricity. When it became a natural gas-fired power station in 2004, it received daily shipboard coal. Originally settled by the Sauk tribe, its beautiful natural harbour soon attracted European settlements and export businesses.
The first Port Washington lighthouse had a rather short life, as many lighthouses were built, while Stephen Pleasonton was responsible for the country's lighthouse. In August 1861 Fauntleroy Hoyt was appointed lighthouse keeper and was to remain so for the rest of his life. Governor Salomon sent his son-in-law, John F. H. Schmitt, to sail from Lake Michigan to Milwaukee and round the harbor of Washington.