Category Archives: John Plankinton

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Blogging with Benefits

Last week I was recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for solving a history mystery – that is, successfully researching the true date of the Plankinton statue. While my primary purpose for this blog was to practice using technology to … Continue reading

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Nine feet high, Not!

Here’s a lesson in carefully reading your source: In the previous post I paraphrased the 1892 newspaper article and wrote that the pedestal was nine feet high. After a more careful reading of the original source, I discovered my mistake. … Continue reading

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True date of Plankinton Statue in Plankinton Arcade is 1892

Two stories published in the 1892 Milwaukee Journal reference the installation of the John Plankinton Statue in the Plankinton Hotel lobby rotunda. The statue was placed on a pedestal, nine feet high, (correction: statue and pedestal together are nine feet … Continue reading

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How old is Plankinton Statue? 144, 129 or just 120 years old?

Plankinton Statue dated to 1883 Date of Plankinton statue is in dispute. Many sources claim the statue is 144 years old (1868), but it is more likely to have been created during the mid 1880’s when the sculptor, R. H. … Continue reading

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Plankinton Statue moves to Storage

Mr. Plankinton takes a Vacation Check out the pictures from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they move Mr. Plankinton to storage.

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More Pictures of Plankinton Statue

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Plankinton Statue and Staircase

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John Plankinton Statue

When I posted this in June, 2012, I had not yet found evidence of the age of the statue. Since then, I have learned it was created in 1892, after John Plankinton died (See later posts). When this post was … Continue reading

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Legacy of John Plankinton

After Plankinton’s death, the Merchants’ Association of Milwaukee predicted his legacy would last for generations when they proclaimed, upon his death, “Upon every side stand the substantial monuments of his public spirit, which shall endure when other generations shall walk … Continue reading

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All Things Plankinton

I am starting a new research project.  Born and raised in Plankinton, South Dakota, and now living in the Milwaukee area, I am on a mission to create the Plankinton history.  That includes John Plankinton, a wealthy business man and … Continue reading

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