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

Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree

 
 
Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 21, 2011
1. Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker
Inscription. This evergreen commemorates the first Christmas tree in Madison and perhaps one of the first in the country. It was erected at 616 Williamson Street in the log cabin of Johann Jacob Reiner, the 2nd German to arrive in Madison, and his Swiss bride, Elsbeth Hitz, Dec. 1848. The Northern European custom of decorating a Christmas tree soon spread throughout the United States. In 1850, the Reiners built a brick home on the lot next to Johann's blacksmith and carriage shop. During the great German influx of the 1850's many found refuge here and attended church services at the Reiners.
 
Erected 1986 by Reiner descendants.
 
Location. 43° 4.584′ N, 89° 22.536′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Williamson Street and South Blair Street, on the right when traveling west on Williamson Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the southeast corner of the lot occupied by the Gateway Mall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Williamson Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Machinery Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 21, 2011
2. Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker
The marker is on the rock in the lower center of this photo. The Gateway Mall is in the background.
line); Wisconsin Wagon Company Factory (about 400 feet away); Tragedy of War (about 400 feet away); Emily Thompson House (about 800 feet away); Madison Gas & Electric Company Powerhouse (about 800 feet away); Nelson House (about 800 feet away); Mattermore - Malaney House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 21, 2011
3. Johann and Elsbeth Reiner Tree Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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