Located in the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood of Milwaukee, Burnham Park was named after George Burnham, a revolutionary figure in Milwaukee’s brick making history. George, a brick maker’s son, moved from New York to Milwaukee in 1843 with his brother Jonathan. It was George and Jonathan Burnham who discovered the light colored clay that was used to create Milwaukee’s famous cream-colored brick. The Burnham brothers also patented the first operable brick-making machine, which completed work previously done by hand or horse, revolutionizing the entire industry at large. The unique clay discovery by George Burnham and his brother sparked the designation for Milwaukee’s nickname: The Cream City.
Visitors to the Burnham Fieldhouse in Burnham Park will have the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour of the historic pavilion building. Enjoy this scenic park and learn more about George Burnham’s contribution to Milwaukee’s history.