Brady Street Haunts

Brady Street is a bustling marketplace that’s quintessentially Milwaukee. From its Italian heritage, to its colorful history, to its current charming renaissance, it’s a lot like the Third Ward, where we currently run a popular haunted history walking tour. Historical notables like typewriter inventor C. Latham Sholes and tannery tycoon George W. Allen once called the area home.

Brady Street also has its share of haunted history. The aforementioned George W. Allen, a well-respected business man was witness to a well-documented poltergeist case in 1874. (Our research suggests that what would become known as the Giddings Poltergeist manifested in Bay View — more on this in a future article.) Possibly the oldest Milwaukee cemetery was also located near the corner of Brady and Humboldt. Some say human remains are still occasionally unearthed in the basements of businesses in this vicinity. Even spooky people once lived on Brady. (And some say this hasn’t changed.) Robert Bloch, author of Psycho and protégé of H.P. Lovecraft once lived in an apartment above Glorioso’s.

Brady Street is fertile ground for a haunted history walking tour. With your help, we could deliver one in no time. You supply the tips, we will investigate. The first tantalizing leads have begun to flow in. Rumors of a ghost girl who haunts the nearby Trocadero have come to our attention. Reports about the neighboring First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee could make a ghost tour story. Plus one article discovered today is extremely promising.

A 1999 Milwaukee Journal obituary of Maggie Hoyt, a famous WWII DJ who moved to Milwaukee after the war, recounts an unusual story. One of the properties she owned was haunted. According to the article, (sometime between 1975 and her death in 1999) the three tenants of this Victorian home just north of Brady Street independently reported hearing a disembodied female voice talking and humming. Later Hoyt participated in a séance during which one of the tenants observed a woman in turn-of-the-century attire emerging from a third-floor closet. Any further information about this haunting or any others on or near Brady Street could help make a haunted history tour there in 2010 a reality. If you have a tip for us, send it our way on the double. We are psyched for a Brady Street tour! Please email with your contact information.


~ by mkeghosts on May 10, 2010.

2 Responses to “Brady Street Haunts”

  1. There’s one Brady Street haunt that comes up on most of the lists – The Tamarack Waldorf School. It’s a beautiful, huge old building.

    • a close friend of mine used to work there at the tamarack waldorf… i know he told me he experienced some things there… wish i had asked more questions but he isn’t hard to contact…

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