Kops Park is a neighborhood of high population density with various home architectural styles. These include the 1950s to 1970s ranch houses, Tudors, Cape Cods, bungalows, and even an Italianate house from the mid to late 19th century. The neighborhood has a flat topography interspersed with gently rolling hills. Its northern boundary is Lisbon Avenue–a street that runs diagonally from North 76th to North 92nd. Streets generally follow a grid pattern except for Lisbon and a few in the northern section that curves as semicircles into other streets. There are several businesses along Lisbon Avenue from North 84th to 92nd Streets. The main green space is Kops Park, an 8-acre area with two softball diamonds, a tot lot, and a wading pool. See neighborhood photos below. Bed Bug Exterminator Milwaukee
Until the 1920s, much of the area that is today’s Kops Park neighborhood was situated in the unincorporated Town of Wauwatosa, bounded by 27th Street to 124th Street and Greenfield Avenue to Hampton. Between 1924 and 1928, the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, annexed the broader area that included most of today’s neighborhoods.
The neighborhood’s northern border arterial, Lisbon Avenue, began as a plank road in the 1850s. Named for its destination, Lisbon connected Milwaukee, WI town of Lisbon. Small hamlets of mainly German farmers grew up along this road. While a few farmers did reside in Kops Park as early as the late 19th century, the area did not begin to shape as a neighborhood until the late 1940s. In the 1920s and 1930s to the east, the neighborhood of Enderis Park was filling up. Cooper’s Park, on the border with Kops Park, was attracting residents and businesses at its northern boundary (Burleigh Street) and southern boundary (Center Street). But in 1936, Kops Park had 19 residences and eight businesses. By the postwar year of 1947, the neighborhood was showing modest signs of development, with 55 residences and very three businesses.
These early arriving families in the Kops Park area were unusually diverse. Typical of Milwaukee generally, most settlers were Germans, often migrating west from other Milwaukee areas or north from the Village of Wauwatosa that had been incorporated in 1892. But many others were recent immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, including Bohemians, Poles, Slovaks, Italians, and Greeks. Below is an example of a mixed-background family that settled in the neighborhood before 1935.
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