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

White Horse Inn
Location: 1426 N. 11th St.


approx. 1955
approx. 1960

Male/ female



Often referred to, but with almost no documentation other than city directories.

Per city directories it was active from about 1955-1960 only. Contributor 'Bunny' remembers it as "the place to go when everywhere else was dead or closed -- because there was always a party going on." It was somewhat in the middle of nowhere before the freeway, at the intersections of McKinley, 11th and Winnebago just past the Pabst Brewery, which had to be a pretty sketchy place back then. It was torn down for the Hillside Interchange part of the freeway.

Researcher Michail Takach has also found the following note in local media: "On August 2, 1958, 25-year-old bartender Richard Edwardsen was arrested at the White Horse Inn (1422 N. 11 St.) for wearing an 'obscene apron.' He was charged $25, lost his bartending license, and was sentenced to mandatory psychiatric evaluation. No description of the apron was provided."

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



    (A book, "LGBT Milwaukee" by Michail Takach, seeks to make the story of LGBT Milwaukee accessible, visible, and portable for future generations--before it is too late. Some information on this bar came from research that Michail continues to do in preparation for a future book. Please help support our efforts by purchasing the book, and corresponding with us if you have more info.)


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All information on White Horse Inn contributed by Michail Takach.
Last updated: October-2016.

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