We usually think of Solomon Juneau with stalwart Josette and their many children living in a log cabin; but In 1842, Solomon Juneau built a spacious clapboard public house on the corner of Water and Michigan Streets open to travelers with enough funds to pay for lodging. To further enhance his décor—and possibly his status—he surrounded the property with a picket fence, erected two tall posts and chained bears to them. This brought delight and diversion to guests and citizens alike as the bears frolicked about, climbing their poles and rolling around on the grass. James H. Buck writes about this in his 1881 Pioneer History of Milwaukee. He fondly recalls socializing with a Menominee chief named Old Saukie and watching the bears. Today our sympathies more often than not would lie with the bears, but at that time this was considered novel frontier amusement.