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The first two viewers were installed Friday, at the Milwaukee County War Memorial on North Lincoln Memorial Drive and near the Summerfest grounds North Gate near East Clybourn Street.The remaining eight are set to be installed in the coming days, at Milwaukee Public Market pocket park; the Milwaukee Riverwalk at the Marcus Center; the North Point Water Tower; Miller Valley at the Historic Caves, along the Milwaukee River at the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge and Riverwalk; 16th Street Bridge; Milwaukee City Hall; and on Brady Street. McCully said the plan is to add more Viewaukee locations in the coming years. Milwaukee-based construction firm CG Schmidt is the presenting sponsor of the Viewaukee program, which has been in the works for more than a year. Five of the locations feature views of projects the company has built over its 100 years in business. CG Schmidt has been involved in a number of major downtown development projects including the Milwaukee Art Museum's Calatrava addition, the Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons, Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Public Museum. The firm has also been contracted to work on the upcoming revamp of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and redevelopment of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel building. "When my great-grandfather started CG Schmidt in 1920, he wanted to do things a little differently," said senior vice president Eric Schmidt. "He wanted to create a company that would build communities in addition to just building buildings." As the city looks to the future, Schmidt said, it's important to recognize the past. "The Viewaukee project will offer residents and visitors alike a glimpse into Milwaukee's past, while also helping to illustrate all the progress and dedication we have made together to the future." The Milwaukee County Historical Society garnered additional sponsorships for the project from MillerCoors and the Wisconsin Preservation Fund. [gallery size="full" td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="509968,509964,509963,509962,509960"]