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Clockwise from top left: Milwaukee skyline and Lake Michigan, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Central Library, Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, Marquette Hall at Marquette University, Milwaukee City Hall, Miller Park, and the Basilica of St.
Josaphat.) is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States.
During the War of 1812, Indians held a council in Milwaukee in June 1812, which resulted in their decision to attack Chicago.
This resulted in the Battle of Fort Dearborn on August 15, 1812, the only known armed conflict in the Chicago area.
In 1818, the French Canadian explorer Solomon Juneau settled in the area, and in 1846 Juneau's town combined with two neighboring towns to incorporate as the city of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has three "founding fathers": Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George H. Solomon Juneau was the first of the three to come to the area, in 1818.
He was not the first European settler (Alexis Laframboise settled a trading post in 1785) but founded a town called Juneau's Side, or Juneautown, that began attracting more settlers.
The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan's western shore.
Milwaukee's estimated population in 2015 was 600,155.
For many years, printed records gave the name as "Milwaukie".