Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Starkweather's Harried History
It wasn't until 1901 that a sewage treatment facility was built. By then Lake Monona and the surrounding water was thick with weeds and scum and had an overpowering odor.
The U.S. Sugar Beet Factory was built in 1906 to process beets into an inexpensive form of table sugar.
The factory produced up to 50 tons of beet sugar a day until it closed in 1924.
An average of 50 tons of waste was deposited into Starkweather Creek each year the U.S. Sugar Beet Factory was in operation.
The building still stands at the north end of Olbrich gardens. It is now owned by the City of Madison.
From 1911 - 1922 Starkweather Creek wetlands were drained and the creek was straightened.
Erected by the Olbrich Botanical Society and the Friends of Starkweather Creek.
Location. 43° 5.494′ N, 89° 20.039′ 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. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Olbrich Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Lake Passage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olbrich's Thai Pavilion and Gardens (about 400 feet away); John M. Olin (about 500 feet away); Bear and Lynx Effigy Mounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Riley House (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Let The Great Spirits Soar" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Corry Carriage House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Categories. • Environment • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.