1801 - 1870
One of Milwaukee’s three founders, Kilbourn made major land purchases on the west bank of the Milwaukee River. Kilbourntown was established as a rival to Solomon Juneau’s townsite on the east bank. Elected mayor in 1848 and again in 1858, Kilbourn was a key figure in nearly every important venture which affected Milwaukee. He was a tireless promoter, especially for transportation projects.