View the three stories of Mitchell
As you walk the beating of the world
At a distance in time
From three who lived there
At a distance in space
From woman, with harpsichord
Silently playing
Step on nature
Cast in copper
Ascend the 92 steps
After climbing the grand 200
Pass the compass and reach
The foot of the culvert
Below the bridge
Walk 100 paces
Southeast over rock and soil
To the first young birch
Pass three, staying west
You’ll see a letter from the country
Of wonderstone’s hearth
On a proud, tall fifth
At its southern foot
The treasure waits.

Fortress north Cold as glass
Friendship south
Take your task
To the number Nine eight two
Through the wood
No lion fears
In the sky the water veers
Small of scale
Step across
Perspective should not be lost
In the center of four alike
Small, split,
Three winged and slight
What we take to be
Our strongest tower of delight
Falls gently
In December night
Looking back from treasure ground
There’s the spout! A whistle sounds.

At the place where jewels abound
Fifteen rows down to the ground
In the middle of twenty-one
From end to end
Only three stand watch
As the sound of friends
Fills the afternoon hours
Here is a sovereign people
Who build palaces to shelter
Their heads for a night!
Gnomes admire
Fays delight
The namesakes meeting
Near this site.

If Thucydides is
North of Xenophon
Take five steps
In the area of his direction
A green tower of lights
In the middle section
Near those
Who pass the coliseum
With metal walls
Face the water
Your back to the stairs
Feel at home
All the letters
Are here to see
Eighteenth day
Twelfth hour
Lit by lamplight
In truth, be free.
Beneath two countries
As the road curves
In a rectangular plot
Beneath the tenth stone
From right to left
Beneath the ninth row from the top
Of the wall including small bricks
Seven steps up you can hop
From the bottom level
Socrates, Pindar, Apelles
Free speech, couplet, birch
To find casques destination
Seek the columns
For the search.
Two twenty two
You’ll see an arc of lights
Weight and roots extended
Together saved the site
Of granite walls
Wind swept halls
Citadel in the night
A wingless bird ascended
Born of ancient dreams of flight
Beneath the only standing member
Of a forest
To the south
White stone closest
At twelve paces
From the west side
Get permission To dig out.
Of all the romance retold
Men of tales and tunes
Cruel and bold
Seen here
By eyes of old
Stand and listen to the birds
Hear the cool, clear song of water
Harken to the words:
Freedom at the birth of a century
Or May 1913
Edwin and Edwina named after him
Or on the eighth a scene
Where law defended
Between two arms extended
Below the bar that binds
Beside the long palm’s shadow
Embedded in the sand
Waits the Fair remuneration
White house close at hand.
At stone wall’s door
The air smells sweet
Not far away
High posts are three
Education and Justice
For all to see
Sounds from the sky
Near ace is high
Running north, but first across
In jewel’s direction
Is an object
Of Twain’s attention
Giant pole
Giant step
To the place
The casque is kept.
The first chapter
Written in water
Near men
With wind rose
Behind bending branches
And a green picket fence
At the base of a tall tree
You can still hear the honking
Shell, limestone, silver, salt
Stars move by day
Sails pass by night
Even in darkness
Like moonlight in teardrops
Over the tall grass
Years pass, rain falls.
In the shadow
Of the grey giant
Find the arm that
Extends over the slender path
In summer
You’ll often hear a whirring sound
Cars abound
Although the sign
Nearby Speaks of Indies native
The natives still speak
Of him of Hard word in 3 Vols.
Take twice as many east steps as the hour
Or more
From the middle of one branch Of the v
Look down
And see simple roots
In rhapsodic mans soil
Or gaze north
Toward the isle of B.
Pass two friends of octave
In December
Ride the man of oz
To the land near the window
There’s a road that leads to
Dark forest
Where white is in color
With two maps
After circle and square
In July and August
A path beckons
To mica and driftwood
Under that
Which may be last touched
Or first seen standing
Look north at the wing
And dig
To achieve
By dauntless and inconquerable
Your goal.
Where M and B are set in stone
And to Congress, R is known
L sits and left
Beyond his shoulder
Is the Fair Folks’
Treasure holder
The end of ten by thirteen Is your clue
Fence and fixture
Central too
For finding jewel casque
Seek the sounds
Of rumble
Brush and music


  1. Canuck

    At the base of the City Hall feature there are a fairly obvious set of eyes. They look animal, are located in the darker space with the much lighter space coming down between the set of eyes…honestly reminds me of a badger.

  2. John Molnar

    JM, do you happen to have any information about the cannon that once stood by the lighthouse near the lion bridge. When was it there till, was there a plaque of any sort, where it was taken to? Thanks!

  3. Jessica Liljegren

    Here is the Milwaukee puzzle solve: The treasure in the image is not an amethyst, even though amethyst is the gemstone of February. The gem in the image is Turquoise, because you will “view” the 3 stories of Mitchell (as in “consider the backstories of the three prominent Milwaukee Mitchells”) as you “walk the beating of the world” (Highland drumming is Scottish, like Alexander Mitchell, first to come to America/Milwaukee of the Mitchell clan). Because it starts with him, the walk we are taken on is centered around the river where he practiced curling on the ice. So W. Highland Ave to where? “At a distance in time” means walk Highland to Old World 3rd Street. “From three who lived there” means walking Old World 3rd you will pass intersections of Juneau Street (Solomon Juneau, one of Milwaukee’s three founders), Kilbourn Street (BYRON Kilbourn, one of the other three founders) and Well Street (most famous of all, author H.G. Wells native to Milwaukee). “At a distance in space” means “astronomical units or AU for short, which is also the elemental symbol for GOLD. So gold…”From woman, with harpsichord.” Go to the golden woman with harpsichord who is located on the exterior of the Pabst theatre building if you continue down Wells Street to the corner of Wells and Water Street. All Milwaukeeans know her. “Silently playing” is the next clue. You continue along Water Street and pass the famed Milwaukee City Hall (in JJP’s image) where Alexander Mitchell’s son John Mitchell served the city. I know where I go to see people silently playing on a regular basis on Water Street… at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts where the Milwaukee ballet performs. The next clue is “Step on Nature” and directly behind the Marcus Center for Performing Arts is Uihlein Hall (plays acted here) and the bronze sculpture “the Laureate” seen in JJP’s image in the juggler’s hair. It’s a nod as if to say “You are on the correct path!” The last clue left us standing behind Uihlein Hall on the “River Walk Way” path (nature) and also on the start of the State Street Bridge. The clue is step on nature, and we are to step on the State Street drawbridge LEAVES (stepping on nature). “Cast in copper” is our next line, and does not mean walk it down to Lincoln Memorial Drive. The State Street Bridge is a bascule bridge with two copper topped drawbridge houses like the Grand Avenue bascule drawbridge, which is what connected the three communities of Kilbourntown, Juneautown and Walker’s Point thus forming what is now Milwaukee. In the image, you see a juggler throwing a number of things in a counter-clockwise direction. Two red balls, a BLUE gem, a mill wheel, a primrose (February’s flower), a walking stick, and a key. In order to read the rebus puzzle which spells out Mil-wau-kee, you must travel counter-clockwise. The same is true for the walking path Preiss takes us on. The reason February is important is that you might not be able to see all of the landmarks on the path if the trees were fully leafed out. The next clue is ” Ascend the 92 steps.” This clue is telling us we will walk 92 steps across something that ascends – the State street Bridge. Cross it. Then the verse reads “After climbing the grand 200.” This clue is where everyone gets tripped up assuming that he meant the stairs by Lake Park. This clue is two fold, it means walk 92 steps over the bridge which can ascend at will, and get to 200 Kilbourn Ave (where the 92 steps take you) which happens to be Pere Marquette Park. The next clue is “Pass the compass and reach” and this doesn’t mean either of the conventional definitions of compass as a noun – it means neither an instrument containing a magnetized pointer which shows the direction of magnetic North, nor an instrument for drawing circles and arcs and measuring distance between points. Instead, it is the verb tense he was after: “Go around something in a circular course,” which of course is what we just did. On the other side of Pere Marquette park is Old World 3rd Street, WHERE WE BEGAN! He has walked us in a circle like the juggler showed us. Next line “The foot of the culvert” which would be the base of the State Street Bridge where there is a culvert (a channel – the Milwaukee River). Stand there. “Walk 100 paces” and “Southeast over rock and soil” are the only two straightforward passages so far! The path along the river through Pere Marquette park is on a southeast trajectory, easy to follow. “To the first young birch.” There were many birch trees planted here when Pere Marquette park was begun, freshly planted just about the time BP would have been there to bury the casque. “Pass three, staying west,” the walking path curves into the park past more birch trees and heads west toward Old World 3rd Street and toward the historical society building (all the windows have circles in the design…). Next two lines read: “You’ll see a letter from the country” “of wonderstone’s hearth.” In Pere Marquette park you come upon a red granite stone slab that has the words “Pere Marquette” and the engraved image of a Native American canoeing along a river with four pine trees on the banks. In the beginning of the book “The Secret,” the Nootka legend talks at large about a story with four Indians following a fifth Indian (the Grandfather), and pine trees are referred to as “proud, tall pines” in that part of the book. Wonderstone is defined as: the name given to a bed occurring in the Red Marl which is described as being a beautiful breccia, consisting of yellow transparent crystals of carbonate lime disseminated through a dark red earthy dolomite. This is a description of red granite. The slab here is red granite. “On a proud, tall fifth” “At its southern foot” “The treasure waits.” Pere Marquette park has an immigration story of course. The French priest Father Marquette who traveled with two Natives was the first to spend the night on the banks in that very park many moons ago when all was wild. So the casque will be located at the southern foot of the red granite slab in Pere Marquette park. The city of Milwaukee will not grant any dig permits, and my children do not wish to see me in jail, so there it will sit until someone gets permission to dig it up, and exchange it for the BLUE TURQUOISE gem featured in the image from the French Fairies. Alexander Mitchell’s son John Mitchell (born in Milwaukee, servant of City Hall (which you can keep in view for the duration of this circular walk around the three bridge area of Milwaukee) spent his military time in France serving in the Air Force, and John’s son William (Billy) Mitchell was born in France during that military stint.

  4. B

    Jessica, ORSON WellEs is from Kenosha. H.G. Wells was from Kent, England. Furthermore, Alexander Mitchell was born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which is only politically (rather than geographically) considered part of the Highlands.


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