Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rasmus Björn Anderson
Teacher • Author • Diplomat
Member of the University faculty 1869-1883
United States Minister to Denmark 1885-1889
Died in Madison, Wisconsin, March 2, 1936
First Wisconsin-born professor on the University faculty
First professor of Norwegian descent in an American university
Founder of the first chair of Scandinavian languages in America
"Urdar orgi kvedr engi madr"
This native rock, which Anderson cherished for its likeness to a Viking ship, was removed from his home in 1987 and placed here by the Scandinavian section of the Wisconsin Centennial Committee.
Location. 43° 4.601′ N, 89° 24.172′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Observatory Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in the Muir Woods on the north side of Observatory Drive, across Observatory Drive from North Hall, on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert E. Gard Memorial Storyteller's Circle (here, next to this marker); Natural Wonders (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard M. Temin North Hall (about 400 feet away); The American Character (about 400 feet away); The Power of Ideas (about 500 feet away); Black Hawk (about 600 feet away); Lincoln Statue (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Also see . . . Anderson Biography. From the Norwegian-American Historical Association (Submitted on July 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Education • Government • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 4, 5. submitted on September 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.