History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

The Fox, aka Fox Bar
Location: 455 N. Plankinton (at Clybourn)



Male/ female



The Fox Bar was opened sometime in 1948 by owner Otto Ferkel, and was listed regularly in early national 'gay bar' guides. Josie Carter remembers being asked to do a drag show here, but the stage was made out of card tables, and she said "get me a real stage and we'll talk." (from the oral interview on the UWM Archives website)

The bar closed in 1965 when the land was acquired for the freeway.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.


Listings in early "Gay Guides":
(For more information on the Guides, click here.)

1963, Lavendar Baedeker
  History of the Baedeker Guides   Index
1964, "Directory 43"
  Title Page   Introduction
1964 Guild Guide
  Title pg   Editors note   Note concl
1964 Lavender Baedeker Guide
  History of Baedeker Guides
1965 International Guild Guide
  Title pg   Editor's note   Codes
1966 Bob Damron's Address Book
    Publisher note
Notes: Listed along with alternate name
"Skinny Fox"
1966 International Guild Guide
    Title pg   Editors note
1966 Lavender Baedeker Guide
    Back page
1966 Male World Guide
    Index, excerpt

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Major information and photo by Michail Takach.
Last updated: December-2015.