Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John M. Olin
1851 - 1924
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Location. 43° 5.549′ N, 89° 20.121′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Atwood Avenue, 0.2 miles west of Walter Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in the gardens of Olbrich Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI 53704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Olbrich Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Starkweather's Harried History (about 500 feet away); Olbrich's Thai Pavilion and Gardens (about 600 feet away); Third Lake Passage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riley House (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Let The Great Spirits Soar" (approx. Bear and Lynx Effigy Mounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Corry Carriage House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding John M. Olin. According to an undated pamphlet published by the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and entitled Olbrich Botanical Gardens, A Brief History [see the link included below], "The first work towards establishing the gardens began in 1952 when the Olin Trust Fund gave the Madison Parks Commission $22,688 to begin development. This resulted in the twin shelter buildings that are still extant today [see photos entitled "Shelter Buildings" and "Closeup of Shelter Building"] and in the large formal space behind them that was originally the Rose Mall [see photo entitled "Original Rose Mall"]. Another grant from the Olin Fund in 1957 gave the gardens its first greenhouse, a structure that was soon expanded to serve as an informal center for area gardeners."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers that mention John Olin.
Also see . . . Olbrich Gardens Historical Timeline. (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 19, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 7, 8. submitted on October 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.