Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The park includes 60 acres: Twenty-five of high ground and 35 acres constructed out of the bog. The latter includes four acres of water surface in the form of lagoons. The park was designed by landscape architect O.C. Simonds.
The park houses the Henry Vilas Zoo which began in 1911 with the donation of five deer by Thomas C. Richmond. In the ensuing years numerous contributions from the city of Madison, the Zoological and Aquarium Society, the University, the Audubon Society, and the community have provided for its expansion and recognition as one of the finest small zoos in the country.
Location. 43° 3.538′ N, 89° 24.813′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Vilas Park Drive 0.2 miles east of Vilas Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is just east of the park shelter off Vilas Park Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Indian Mounds (approx. ¼ mile away); Panther Mound (approx. ¼ mile away); Bear (approx. 0.3 miles away); Larson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edgewood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to the Edgewood Park and Pleasure Drive (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bowen House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Edward Klief Park (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
Also see . . .
1. Henry Vilas Zoo. (Submitted on April 10, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. William Vilas. Wisconsin Historical Society Dictionary of Wisconsin History entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.