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Commerce found its way through southeastern Wisconsin as the Potowatomi Indians who inhabited the area blazed trails between Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois, in order to move their corn crops to different markets.

As the nation grew from an agrarian society to an industry-based one, the rail lines and Port of Milwaukee attracted businesses to the region. With new companies came the need for workers. This was met in the early 1900s by an influx of immigrants from a variety of countries who brought with them a solid work ethic. Today, Cudahy, St. Francis and South Milwaukee, which lie on the old Potowatomi trails now known as Lake Drive and Highway 32, still manufacture products needed worldwide and employ people with roots from all over the world.

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