Aitken Brothers Birthplace

Photographed March 2, 2015
Erected 1974 by Waukesha County Historical Society
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43° 2.169′ N, 88° 10.706′ W

Birthplace site of Aitken Brothers Hollywood and New York motion picture pioneers (1905-1920).

Grandsons of Waukesha County Scottish Pioneer John Aitken, Harry E. (1878-1956) and Roy E. (1882-1976) produced the greatest of all silent pictures, “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) with D.W. Griffith directing.

Their film companies (Majestic, Reliance & others) produced over 2500 silent films including the Mack Sennett Keystone Comedies and Thomas Ince Westerns and launched the careers of Lillian & Dorothy Gish, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Anita Loos, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart and others.

Besides being film producers, the Aitkens raised world champion Holstein Cattle on this farm site.
The marker is located at a back entrance to CarMax, on eastbound West Bluemound Road, just east of its intersection with Kossow Road, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186.

NOTE: This marker is tricky to access. The marker is on the property of CarMax. The main entrance to CarMax is off Kossow Road. The marker is at a small, easy-to-access back entrance off West Bluemound Road. I first obtained permission from a CarMax manager before using the convenient driveway. See photos below.

Watch the entire movie online!

 There is a little driveway to pull into and quickly access the marker
(I did so with permission from a CarMax manager)
(looking east on West Bluemound Road).

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