Site 20: Button Factory

 © Photographed September 29, 2017
Erected by the National Flag Day Foundation
Waubeka, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
43°28'18.2"N 87°59'29.4"W
43.471730, -87.991495
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Chief Waubeka Historical Trail
Site 20
Button Factory
The button factory, shown in the lower left of the photo above, operated from a two story frame structure east of the mill. The buttons were drilled from Mississippi River clam shells.
A box flume from the mill also supplied the water power for funning the machinery in the button factory. Women were employed to set the better grade of pearl buttons onto cards. These cards were sold throughout retail establishments in the area.
Well into the mid-twentieth century, discarded clam shells could be found on the banks of the river near the structure.
The "Button Factory" is located adjacent to the south bank of the Milwaukee River and is accessible from westbound Mill Street, west of its intersection with Cigrand Drive / County Highway H, Waubeka, Wisconsin 53021.

The marker is included in the Chief Waubeka Historical Trail created by the National Flag Day Foundation.

The marker is part of the Chief Waubeka Historical Trail.

The marker is located in Waubeka, Wisconsin.

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