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Tenney Park Lock and Dam

 
 
Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
1. Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker
Inscription. In 1846 Wisconsin's territorial legislature approved incorporation of Madison Village and construction of a dam at Lake Mendota's outlet with a canal for navigation between Lakes Mendota and Monona.

The first dam was built of earth in 1847 by Leonard J. Farwell, later a Wisconsin governor. The dam enlarged Lake Mendota and increased its depth. Prior to construction Mendota's water level was only slightly above Monona's, and the Catfish (Yahara) River meandered through connecting marsh.

Site of the first dam was South of the present lock and a large flour mill was built over the outlet. Torrential thunderstorms destroyed the original dam on April 4, 1866. Despite great controversy it was reconstructed.

In 1896 Madison City purchased Tenney Park site, built a boat lock, and used concrete to improve the dam. Controversy rose again in 1900 when riparian owners whose land was flooded sought removal of the dam. Their suit failed in the courts. The present lock was built by Madison City in 1959 and maintains a water level five feet above Lake Monona.
 
Erected 1967 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
2. Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker
Marker is located on the building next to the lock, which houses the control room for the lock, a boathouse for the sheriff's lake squad, and a lighthouse that is no longer used.
43° 5.696′ N, 89° 22.242′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and North Thornton Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Sherman Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sherman Avenue Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenney Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tenney Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steensland Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co. Office Building (approx. half a mile away); Bird Effigy Mound (approx. half a mile away); Burrows Park (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Steensland Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers related to Tenney.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. More information on and a photo gallery of the park. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
3. Tenney Park Lock and Dam Marker
The marker is visible on the boathouse wall on the left. The Tenney Lock sign on the right is the former location of the marker.
Tenney Park Lock image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
4. Tenney Park Lock
Tenney Park Lock and Dam image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
5. Tenney Park Lock and Dam
Tenney Park Lock image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
6. Tenney Park Lock
Tenney Park Lock and Dam image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
7. Tenney Park Lock and Dam
A view after the first snow of the season.
Yahara Bridge at Tenney Park Lock and Dam image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
8. Yahara Bridge at Tenney Park Lock and Dam
View of Related Plaque at Tenney Park Lock and Dam image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
9. View of Related Plaque at Tenney Park Lock and Dam
 
 
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