A historic neighborhood

Milwaukee is historic city. Every neighborhood has a rich history and ties going back over a hundred years. Halyard Park, the new home of Dead Bird, is no different. At the turn of the twentieth century the neighborhood was part of the Bronzeville district. With the original German founders moving out to the new areas north and west, Halyard park was dynamically changing. An influx of African Americans and Eastern European immigrants brought new life to the district.

W Walnut ca. 1900, 1910, and 1920

By 1930 the Halyard Park neighborhood was a rich business area, with multiple business within a few blocks of where we will be located. The area boasted such staples Radio Chicken Shack and Willie Jones Billiards, as well as a dentist, law firm, and a doctors office ran by Malcolm King. Further down the block a soft drink parlor, druggist, butcher and plumber could be found. By the 1950’s dozens of African American, Jewish, and Slavic businesses were thriving up and down West Walnut Street between 3rd and 11th. Bronzeville night clubs saw the likes of Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, and Little Richard. The famed Voice of the Brewers, Bob Uecker grew up two blocks away from our future taproom. The building of the I-43 corridor in the 1960’s cut through the neighborhood and scatted much of the business and people living in the ares. Over 8,000 homes were lost as well as many of the business on Walnut.

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West Walnut ca. 1950

The 1990’s brought the beginning of revitalization to the area in the form of the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District. New apartments have been going up and the opening of the American Black Holocaust Museum garnered nation attention this past summer. We are excited to part of a new chapter in Halyard Park. Look for our Halyard Park Pilsner this upcoming spring as well as a other rotating beers connected to the rich history of our new home.

Nick Kocis