Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review


Konrad Basler


Pioneer, History, Connection


At the time of the Dorlikon pioneers only Indian paths led west,

and yet, the traffic connections to the Midwest hold a core position in

the history of North America. My wife and I went to one of the most

important centers in this context, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, coming

from Newark, New Jersey. As a member of a delegation of experts

I had been to Newark twenty years before, when, for the first time

worldwide , a novel way of building runways was being tested there.

On our visit in 1992, on the other hand, I was more interested in the

airport's three large hangars, for engineers of our firm were drawing

the plans for a monorail designed to link the various parts of the

whole complex. The monorail itself was also to be delivered by a

Swiss manufacturer.