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Downtown Cedarburg 1940s

Washington Avenue north of Mill Street had a slightly different look in the 1940s and 1950s than it does today, however, Pate gasoline was then sold at Rick Chevrolet, located on the northwest corner of the intersection. Pate gasoline is no longer available, and Rick Chevrolet has since become Newman Chevrolet and is located just north of Cedarburg.

Cedarburg has a long and vivid history lovingly preserved in its limestone buildings, meandering creek and more than 200 buildings of historical significance. It was founded in the early 1840s by Irish and German immigrants who were lured to the potential of power from Cedar Creek. One of the first well-known buildings – the Cedarburg Grist Mill – remains a prominent reminder of the city’s dedication and care that it devotes to preservation.

Another iconic building located in the center of town is the Wittenburg Mill. When it was built in 1864, it was the only woolen mill west of Philadelphia to produce worsted yarns. Today, the mill continues to thrive as the Cedar Creek Settlement, a collection of shops, artist studios, antique stores and restaurants. The Settlement, in addition to downtown’s Washington Avenue, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Columbia Road Historic District, adjacent to the downtown area, is also listed on the National and State Registers of Historic places.

To view historic pictures of Cedarburg as captured by Harold C. Dobberpuhl, click here.

For more information regarding the history of Cedarburg, click here.