Marker 532: Lucius S. Blake

Erected 2010 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
42° 43.316′ N, 87° 46.962′ W
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One of Racine’s first industrialists, Lucius Blake (1816-1894), founded a number of early businesses. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Lucius and his family moved to Racine in the 1830’s. In 1839 he set up a small carpenter shop on the north side of the Root River. He married Caroline Elliott in 1843.
In 1844, Blake became the first manufacturer of fanning mills in Racine. Hand-cranked fanning mills blew air through wheat to remove chaff and were much in demand. By 1879 his firm, Blake, Beebe and Co., was selling 3,000 mills a year worldwide.

Blake helped establish the Racine Woolen Mills and the Chicago Rubber Clothing Company. He also served as village trustee, alderman, and county treasurer. In 1882, he financed the opulent, six-story, 1,250-seat Blake Opera House in downtown Racine, which burned down two years later.

Plaque sponsored by Preservation Racine, Inc.
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker. See also, The Blake House.

The marker is located on the Blake House grounds on southbound South Main Street, south of its intersection with 9th Street, at 936 South Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403.

Racine Bell City of the Lakes and Racine County Wisconsin-Illustrated: Lucius S. Blake 

Racine County, WI Gen Web: scroll down for photo and short bio of Lucius S. Blake

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