Milwaukeeans love our 414, the area code covering the city, the county and parts of Muskego and Brookfield, and it’s been around forever.
Actually, forever only extends back to 1947, when Bell Telephone established our iconic area code, along with 715, in Wisconsin. The goal back then was to standardize long-distance calls and to remove the switchboard operator from having to manually connect people across systems with patch cords.
But why did they pick 414?
The exact answer isn’t totally clear, but we have some clues.