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Near Mt. Vernon in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Donald Park

 
 
Donald Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 23, 2011
1. Donald Park Marker
Inscription. Escaping the ravages of the last glacier, this tranquil valley retains ancient geologic features. Located just southwest of the Johnstown moraine, it is one of Dane County's most scenic areas.

The 110 foot Donald Rock is a rare remnant of St. Peter sandstone. The rugged oak savanna terrain with spring fed streams was home to Woodland Indians and in more recent times the Ho-Chunk.

Yankee settlers acquired government land in the 1840s, followed by immigrants from Norway, Scotland and Germany.

The William Sweet and Reverend James Donald families arrived in the mid-1850s and established farms that have carried the family name for six generations. The family of Delma Donald Woodburn, a descendant, donated the land that initiated the creation of Dane County's Donald Park.
 
Erected 1999 by the Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 36.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 57.759′ N, 89° 40.908′ W. Marker is near Mt. Vernon, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Sutter Drive and Wisconsin Highway 92, on the right when traveling south on Sutter Drive.
Donald Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 23, 2011
2. Donald Park Marker
The western end of Donald Park is across the field in the background.
Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1870 Sutter Drive, Cross Plains WI 53528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Scottish Settlement (approx. 2.8 miles away); Springdale Lutheran Church (approx. 3 miles away); Old Town (approx. 4.2 miles away); Primrose Lutheran Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); German Valley (approx. 5.6 miles away); Hauge Log Church - 1852 (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 8 miles away); Paoli (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of Donald Park. From the Friends of Donald Park web site. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkNative AmericansNatural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Donald Rock image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 8, 2011
3. Donald Rock
Fryes Feeder Creek in Donald Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 8, 2011
4. Fryes Feeder Creek in Donald Park
Donald Park Sign Board and Shelter image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 8, 2011
5. Donald Park Sign Board and Shelter
This area, known as Pop's Knoll, is east of the marker and is dominated by the oaks mentioned in the marker.
Donald Park Map image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 8, 2011
6. Donald Park Map
Donald Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Toman, October 8, 2011
7. Donald Park Sign
This is the sign at the park entrance to the east of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 758 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 9, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on October 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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