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This is the first book to recount the remarkable history of River Hills , Wisconsin .  Remarkable, partly, because of the bold experiment which created country living on the flank of a major city and for the tenacity of its residents who have managed to preserve their idyllic setting for over seven decades.

In 1930 the Village founders made the daring decision to impose a 5-acre minimum restriction on all properties and to outlaw commercial development forever.  The nature-loving residents went a step further to safeguard their dream of country living… they backed a policy wherein their streets would have no sidewalks, or curbs, or street lights or even lane lines painted on the pavement.

River Hills is ranked the number one most desirable community in which to live of 40 suburbs surrounding Milwaukee .  Until now, the fine architecture of the village has gone largely unappreciated because of the heavily wooded landscape and the substantial setbacks at the end of long, winding driveways.  This lavishly-illustrated book provides a first glimpse at many of the landmark properties.

The story begins before the village incorporation and traces the occupation of the landscape from the Indian villages to the immigrant farmers who tilled the soil for nearly a century.  It chronicles the coming of the Milwaukee Country Club, and the prominent businessmen who founded River Hills.  On its way to the present day the narrative recounts the coming of an unwanted Nike missile base and the recovery after its closing.  Above all the thread which ties everything together is the residents’ love of the country environment and their commitment to keep it that way.

River Hills Foundation
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7650 North Pheasant Lane
River Hills, WI 53217
(414) 352-8213


Richard Glaisner

Vice President
Jill Pelisek

Liza Perry

Kristin Severson

Donald Baumgartner
Robert C. Brunner
Glen Hackmann
Mary Ann LaBahn
Stacy Terris
Anne H.Vogel

Please call the Village Hall @ 352-8213 for donation details.

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