The Bridge War Of 1845 Essay
The first bridge the east side built spanned over into the west side of Chestnut Street; Kilbourntown would not take any part to help finance the construction of the bridge. The disgruntled east-siders felt that the best way to retaliate against Kilbourntown’s lack of funding was to produce the cheapest bridge possible. Yet, over the next few years, the bridge turned out to be exactly what they paid for. This led to a village meeting on May 7, 1845, where the two towns tried to agree on what to do with the bridge. Juneautown felt that everyone should fund another bridge to be built; Kilbourntown felt that they should just tear down the west end of the bridge. Needless to say, they were unable to come to a resolution.
The next morning, the villagers from Kilbourntown went out to the west end of the Chestnut Bridge and proceeded to knock it down. Church-going residents of Juneautown saw what was happening and rang the church bells to warn the town. However, by the time Juneautown residents realized what was happening, it was too late; the west end of the bridge was already destroyed. In their delayed response, they were also too slow to notice that Kilbourntown residents went to the south end of Juneautown’s other bridge and cut that down as well, leaving Juneautown isolated from the south and west sides of Milwaukee.
At this point, Juneautown citizens were beyond infuriated and went to grab the only cannon in Milwaukee. Fortunately for Kilbourntown,…