Just north of the Locust Street bridge along the east side of the Milwaukee River, once stood the River Colony.  These shards of coffee cups, bottles, plates are some of the very few items left of this very unique neighborhood.  Someone else had already done the hard work of finding the broken pieces and arranging them nicely for me.  (Thank you, whoever you are!)  All I had to do was shoot.

Shards from the Past

Shards from the Past

I don’t know exactly when the homes were built, but it was a probably 100 years ago or more.

It was nice to have riverfront property, I’m sure, but it wasn’t easy to get to,  with the river on one side and three sets of train tracks on the other.

Only crumbling, graffiti-covered foundations and a few odds and ends are left.


Still, it’s fun to walk by and imagine what it must have been like to live there.

If you’d like to read more about the River Colony,  Carl Swanson has a great write up about it on his blog.

Day 184 of my 365 photo a day project.