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

Vilas

 
 
Vilas Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
1. Vilas Marker
Inscription. This park was a gift to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association to be held in trust for the city of Madison by Colonel William Freeman Vilas and Anna M. Vilas in 1904. At their request, the park was named Henry Vilas Park in memory of their son who died of diabetes in his early twenties.

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. Touch 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
Vilas Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
2. Vilas Marker
The marker is between the bushes in the lower left part of this photo, with one of the lagoons mentioned in the marker in the background. The portion of the lagoon on the other side of the pedestrian bridge in the background is used for a speed skating course in the winter.
are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Mounds (approx. mile away); Panther Mound (approx. 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). Touch for a list and map 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 WorkNotable Persons
 
Nearby Speed Skating Track Sign image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
3. Nearby Speed Skating Track Sign
This sign in front of the speed skating lagoon mentions the Olympians who have trained there. See also the nearby plaque.
Henry Vilas Zoo Sign image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
4. Henry Vilas Zoo Sign
The sign at the entrance to the Henry Vilas Zoo.
Olympic Speed Skaters Plaque image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
5. Olympic Speed Skaters Plaque
Nearby plaque with a list of Olympians who have trained at the speed skating course at Henry Vilas Park.
Olympic Speed Skaters Plaque image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 8, 2011
6. Olympic Speed Skaters Plaque
A wide view of the nearby plaque listing Olympic speed skaters who have skated at the park, with Lake Wingra in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 9, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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