When the West High School Class of 1999 learned
that the lot at the corner of 12th and Shawano Avenues
was to become park land and be given a name and a sign,
to request that it be named
providing the justification
for giving the school's nickname to the space.
The students also asked permission
Wildcat Place. The location of the school
and this landscaped area
to place a plaque
on the sign dedicating it.
Title to the property at the time was held by the Redevelopment Authority, which agreed to the transfer at the start of 2001. 2
This lot had housed small businesses – probably a grocery store originally and later, in the 1960s, a paint store. In the mid 1800s, this was the northeast corner of the Moritz property which extended from 12th to Yale. At that time, 12th Avenue was a path on which Mr. Moritz, a railroad blacksmith, walked to the Green Bay & Western rail yards. 3 (Wildcat Place is located between the east property line and the original driveway.) 4
Wildcat Place. The 16 ft. lane is recognizable on the plat from Shawano Avenue to Christiana Street.