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History Mystery: Simmons a cog in Pikes Peak railway

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Question: Kenosha industrialist Zalmon G. Simmons bankrolled what small but mighty railway in 1889?

Answer: It’s the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado.

In the fall of 1884, Simmons and his wife Emma, who was in frail health, traveled to the majestic Rockies on a two-fold mission — she to find relief in the clean, fresh mountain air and he to conduct business.



History Mystery: Kenosha hosted drama-filled cycling championships in 1928

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Question: Many people know of junior national bicycle champ Bobby Thomas, who took the title on the Washington Bowl track in Kenosha in 1928 before 10,000 screaming fans. What was the name of the racer who won the national senior title that day?

Answer: His name was Robert J. Connor, and his hard-earned victory that day was in the shadow of Thomas, who was a Kenosha hometown hero.

History Mystery: 93 years in Columbus Park

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Question: How long has Kenosha’s Roscioli family lived in their Columbus Park neighborhood home?

Answer: The Rosciolis have lived at 5412 23rd Ave. in Kenosha since 1922. This summer could be the first time in 93 years that the mailman will deliver envelopes there addressed to someone other than a Roscioli, or “Occupant.”

History Mystery: Shoot the Chutes brought thrills to Kenosha

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Question: What was Shoot the Chutes?

Answer: Almost 75 years before Kenoshans clamored for the thrill rides at Great America, they got their adrenalin pumping at a Kenosha feature called Shoot the Chutes in Anderson Park.

History Mystery: Mother Teresa made brief visit to Kenosha in 1981

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Question: What Nobel Peace Prize winner made an appearance in Kenosha on June 13, 1981?

Answer: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1979 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spent two hours on a Saturday in Kenosha during her American tour in the summer of 1981.

Remnants of the KD line remain

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It’s been 76 years since the last train made its run on the KD line in Kenosha County on May 31, 1939.

The Kenosha Division line was a 72-mile stretch of the Chicago and North Western Railway that began in downtown Kenosha and ended in Rockford, Ill.

History Mystery: Fallen sheriff’s deputy was also a firefighter

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Question: Earlier this month, the name of Jacob Keul was added to Kenosha’s Public Safety Memorial. Was Keul a firefighter or a deputy sheriff?

Answer: Truth be known, he was both. And his family was confused on the subject of his demise until Keul’s 11-year-old great-great-granddaughter Katelyn Hannah found out what happened to her ancestor.

History Mystery: It took awhile until Kenosha High School had its first graduating class

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Question: Kenosha High School held its first classes in 1849. When did the school graduate its first class?

Answer: Twelve years later in 1861.

History Mystery: Skunk caused pandemonium at old Burke Theater

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Question: What animal caused pandemonium at the Burke Theater in downtown Kenosha on Sept. 22, 1924?

Answer: A little black kitty with a white stripe down its back. You know the type.

History Mystery: Wells Co. had long history in Kenosha

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Question: In what year was the Wells-Messier Co. established?

Answer: Would it help if we referred to the company by the name it was incorporated under in 1909, which was Frank L. Wells Co.?

History Mystery: Ice train wreck of 1906 had repercussions

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Question: Where did the ice train wreck of Aug. 25, 1906, take place?

Answer: On the old Kenosha Division line of the Chicago & North Western Railway that crossed Kenosha County through the city and Bristol, Salem and Randall townships.

History Mystery: Kenosha’s last livery stable closed in 1925

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Question: When did the the Palace Livery, the last livery stable in Kenosha, close?

Answer: It was later than you may think, considering Thomas B. Jeffery started work in his automobile factory here in 1901.

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