The first thing John Gurda wants you to know is that Jones Island
was not really an island. "It was a peninsula at the end of a narrow
spit of land. The only time it was an island was when they cut a new
river mouth," explains the local historian, author of the acclaimed The Making ofMilwaukee. "But it was never an island like Ellis Island." On
the other hand, there was a James Monroe Jones who opened a shipyard on
the peninsula in the 1850s, many years before the land that still bears
his name became synonymous with the port of Milwaukee. Mr. Jones would...