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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Orton Park

 
 
Orton Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
1. Orton Park Marker
Inscription.  In 1887 this spot high over Lake Monona became the first Madison park. It is named in honor of Harlow S. Orton (1817-1895), Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Madison Mayor, Assemblyman, Circuit Court Judge, and University of Wisconsin Law School dean. As Madison Mayor and Common Council member, Orton cast the deciding vote that set aside this 3.5 acre area for park use.

Formerly the Village of Madison Cemetery, by 1877 the burials had been moved to Forest Hill Cemetery.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEducationParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 43° 4.863′ N, 89° 21.787′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Spaight Street 0.1 miles east of South Ingersoll Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the gazebo in the middle of Orton Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gay Liberation Sculpture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); B. B. Clarke House (about 300 feet away); a different
Orton Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
2. Orton Park Marker
The marker is on the gazebo in the middle of Orton Park.
marker also named Orton Park (about 300 feet away); Curtis-Kittleson House (about 400 feet away); Lougee House (about 400 feet away); Mills Brothers Commercial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cutter House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toward Revolution / 1970's Vision (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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