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    1863 Milwaukee Plank Road Brewery Token

    I found this last fall within a half mile of what was once the Plank Road Brewery in Milwaukee. This is the third example of this token that I have dug while MDing.
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    WOW...I'd be happy with one. I have always loved tokens unfortunately I live in an area where not that many tokens were used.
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    What a wonderful token, produced in the midst of the civil war. I think the original brewery building is still there?

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    That's cool!
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    Tony,

    I do not think that is the original facility in which the Rebel got the tokens. The first Plank Road Brewery only had 1 original year of operation. Then they had 2 more owners under the same name until 1888ish. One of them started in 1855, Frederick Miller. When he died, they changed the name to his, hence Miller Brewing as we remember it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgers325 View Post
    Tony,

    I do not think that is the original facility in which the Rebel got the tokens. The first Plank Road Brewery only had 1 original year of operation. Then they had 2 more owners under the same name until 1888ish. One of them started in 1855, Frederick Miller. When he died, they changed the name to his, hence Miller Brewing as we remember it.
    Thanks for the clarification! I wasn't sure.
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    nice find, yours is in great shape

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    That is a NICE find. I wonder how good their beer was back in the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    What a wonderful token, produced in the midst of the civil war. I think the original brewery building is still there?
    Tony, the image you found is a reproduction on the top of the State St hill above the original site in "Miller Valley". Here is an ca 1870 image of the original.
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    Interesting post! Pretty color on that token!

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    Those are so cool!! I think Jeff (Fire Fighter 43) has a couple? Awesome peice of Milwaukee history, Wisconsin history, and Miller brewing history! Love it!!
    Nice find Darren!
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    Great find Darren, I have one just like it.
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    Great find and the follow-up photos. WD
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