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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dane County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Dane County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Dane County, WI (443) Columbia County, WI (73) Dodge County, WI (25) Green County, WI (11) Iowa County, WI (20) Jefferson County, WI (48) Rock County, WI (35) Sauk County, WI (60)  DaneCounty(443) Dane County (443)  ColumbiaCounty(73) Columbia County (73)  DodgeCounty(25) Dodge County (25)  GreenCounty(11) Green County (11)  IowaCounty(20) Iowa County (20)  JeffersonCounty(48) Jefferson County (48)  RockCounty(35) Rock County (35)  SaukCounty(60) Sauk County (60)
Madison is the county seat for Dane County
Adjacent to Dane County, Wisconsin
      Columbia County (73)  
      Dodge County (25)  
      Green County (11)  
      Iowa County (20)  
      Jefferson County (48)  
      Rock County (35)  
      Sauk County (60)  
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1 Wisconsin, Dane County, Belleville — Early Belleville / Library Park
(side 1) Early Belleville Finding a mill site on the Sugar River, founder John Frederick settled here in 1845. His mill prompted "Yankee" settlement and a village developed with a hotel/tavern, blacksmith, harness maker and general . . . Map (db m59539) HM
2 Wisconsin, Dane County, Belleville — 329 — Primrose Lutheran Church
In the mid-nineteenth century, many newly arrived Norwegian immigrants in southern Wisconsin depended upon the spiritual and practical guidance of itinerant Lutheran ministers to help successfully adapt to the new land. One of the most influential . . . Map (db m55047) HM
3 Wisconsin, Dane County, Belleville — 9 — St. Raphael's Frenchtown Cemetery
Final resting place of early French emigrants and their descendants. Coming directly to the Montrose-Belleville community from St. Germain in eastern France, 32 families arrived beginning in the early 1850's. Unique and isolated, the group . . . Map (db m37296) HM
4 Wisconsin, Dane County, Black Earth — 30 — Patrons' Mercantile Co-op — Oldest Cooperative in the Nation
Town of Vermont farmers, beset by a depressed economy in the early 1890's, organized a company to obtain quality products at fair prices. Amos Thorsrud was the first general manager. He and Nels Simley toured local farms to sell $10 shares in a . . . Map (db m41930) HM
5 Wisconsin, Dane County, Black Earth — Vermont Creek
This once clear tributary to the Wisconsin River now carries tons of soil from croplands on ridges and slopes. Silver maples, willows and box elders grow on the soil deposited by erosion. The low peaty meadows on both sides of the creek serve as a . . . Map (db m36987) HM
6 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — 29 — Blue Mounds Fort
The onset of the Black Hawk War in northwestern Illinois in April, 1832 triggered panic in southwestern Wisconsin's lead mining region, prompting erection of over a dozen stockades. On an open prairie knoll 3/4 mile south of this marker, area miners . . . Map (db m35412) HM
7 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — Brigham Park
You are looking north from the Military Ridge toward Mazomanie, which lies in the Wisconsin River Valley. Beyond the Wisconsin River bluffs, on a clear day, the higher Baraboo Hills can be seen 35 miles away. These hills, with some of the oldest . . . Map (db m224707) HM
8 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — 18 — Brigham Park
Ebenezer Brigham (1789-1861), first permanent white settler of Dane County, came here as a prospector in 1828. The inn he built for his miners became popular with travelers on the old Military Road, and Blue Mounds became a well-known landmark. . . . Map (db m224706) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — Elvers Corner — Vermont Township
This corner has a colorful background as the site of a saw mill, grist mill, post office, grocery store, hotel, blacksmith shop, dance hall and until 1958 the Town Hall. In 1847 Samuel Lattimer built a saw mill that operated until 1865 when it was . . . Map (db m55592) HM
10 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — 38 — German Valley — Evangelical Lutheran Parochial Schule
German immigrant families from Hesse began settling in this area of Blue Mounds Township in the 1840s. As early as 1856, Lutheran missionaries conducted home services for the rural community. In 1867, on acreage purchased from Justus Heuser, a frame . . . Map (db m75828) HM
11 Wisconsin, Dane County, Blue Mounds — Site of Blue Mounds Fort
Built in May 1832 by the miners and settlers of the neighborhood and garrisoned by them as volunteer members of General Henry Dodge's Iowa-Michigan Brigade from May 20 to September 20, 1832 during the Black Hawk War This site was donated . . . Map (db m36980) HM
12 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cambridge — 11 — Koshkonong
Koshkonong Prairie with its twin churches at both East and West Koshkonong is one of the focal points from which Norwegian Lutheranism spread to many parts of the American continent. In 1844 at the request of pioneer Norwegian immigrants . . . Map (db m36145) HM
13 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cottage Grove — 17 — The Wisconsin Granger Movement
The Cottage Grove Grange, which became a leader in the state and national Grange movement, had its meeting hall near this site shortly after the Civil War. As a community center it became a significant cultural and social influence for pioneer farm . . . Map (db m37290) HM
14 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cross Plains — Festge Park
You are looking across a deep preglacial valley. Once glacial meltwaters drained west to the Wisconsin River, depositing sand and gravel brought south to Middleton by the giant ice sheets. Today, winding through this unglaciated outwash plain is . . . Map (db m36988) HM
15 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cross Plains — 15 — Haney's Tavern
In 1838 at the foot of this bluff Berry Haney, a migrant from Cross Plains, Tennessee, established the Cross Plains Post Office in a log house. Early Cross Plains was the site of important military road crossings and Haney became the pioneer . . . Map (db m32617) HM
16 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cross Plains — Kerl School — (Dist. No. 6)
Land for the Kerl School was donated by Otto Kerl, farmer and homeopathic practitioner. The school was built of native limestone by John Miller for $325 and opened in 1874. Early teachers earned $25 to $30 per month. From 1887 to 1907, there were . . . Map (db m41963) HM
17 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cross Plains — The Matz Farmstead — 1852 - 2012
The Matz Farmhouse, approx. 1907 [photo] You are standing in front of the stone remnants of the Matz farmhouse. The land was first homesteaded in 1852. Friedrich describes the initial living quarters as, “An American farmer isn’t set . . . Map (db m108764) HM
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18 Wisconsin, Dane County, Cross Plains — The Plain Good Building of Cross Plains
Construction on this site began in 1854. Time had reduced this building nearly to ruin during 143 years of service to this community. With great skill and uncompromising attention to detail, it was completely restored during the winter of 1997-1998 . . . Map (db m41395) HM
19 Wisconsin, Dane County, Daleyville — 2 — Hauge Log Church - 1852
Early Norse pioneers who realized a need for a house of worship built the first Norwegian Lutheran Church in western Dane County from logs in the winter of 1851-52. First services held May 27, 1852 by the Rev. A.C. Preus. Previous itinerant pastors . . . Map (db m36718) HM
20 Wisconsin, Dane County, Dane — 42 — Nathan Dane
Dane County was created by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature in 1836. Judge James Doty had convinced the Legislature to select Madison as the Capital and name the surrounding county in honor of Nathan Dane, a compiler of the Ordinance of 1787, . . . Map (db m37643) HM
21 Wisconsin, Dane County, Dane — 26 — Old Military Road - 100 Mile Point
In July, 1833, Lt. Alexander Center blazed a nearby oak, marking the 100-mile point of a military road he and James Doty were surveying. The Old Military Road, built from 1835 to 1837, connected Ft. Crawford at Prairie du Chien, Ft. Winnebago at . . . Map (db m36907) HM
22 Wisconsin, Dane County, Deerfield — Goose Lake
To your left is a "drumlin," a long streamlined hill formed by the last glacier about 15,000 years ago. A vast field of 40 drumlins, all pointing southwest, can be seen from high points in this area. Centuries ago, marshes, bogs and lakes formed in . . . Map (db m42378) HM
23 Wisconsin, Dane County, DeForest — 32 — Andreas Dahl — 1844-1923
Andreas Dahl came to DeForest from Valdres, Norway in 1869. For more than a decade as an itinerant photographer in southern Wisconsin, he took pictures that captured the essence of life at that time. His studio stood to the north of this site and . . . Map (db m37005) HM
24 Wisconsin, Dane County, DeForest — De Forest Centennial — 1863 - 1963
The Village of De Forest and the surrounding 2200 acres were once owned by Isaac N. De Forest. He purchased the site for $25.00 an acre in 1854 to farm and raise wheat. In 1856, before moving to Wetmore, Kansas, he started platting the site for a . . . Map (db m37568) HM
25 Wisconsin, Dane County, DeForest — Our Bell
Windsor Township High School was built on this site in 1895 on land donated by Ole S. Holum. This bell, a gift of the community's grateful young people, was installed in June 1896. When Union High School replaced the original building, the bell was . . . Map (db m37567) HM
26 Wisconsin, Dane County, DeForest — Site of the First Well in DeForest
In the 1850's, the U.S. government commissioned a well to be dug on this site to insure the settlers of a pure source of water. The well was seventy feet deep and cased in hand-laid stone. It served the community for many years after the Karows . . . Map (db m38091) HM
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27 Wisconsin, Dane County, DeForest — The De Forest Depot — Built in 1871
The DeForest Depot was built in 1871, at the time of the construction of the railroad line which connected Madison to Portage. Land for a depot was donated to the railroad by Isaac DeForest. Recognizing the importance of rail service to the growth . . . Map (db m37570) HM
28 Wisconsin, Dane County, Fitchburg — Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School — District No. 9 — 1860-1919 —
Originally at the NW corner of Fish Hatchery and Lacy Roads, the Dogtown School was later relocated ½ mile north and called the Fish Hatchery School. The Gorman Family relocated and restored the one room schoolhouse on this site in 1989.Map (db m26762) HM
29 Wisconsin, Dane County, Fitchburg — Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School — District No. 9 — 1860-1962 —
Originally at the NW corner of Fish Hatchery and Lacy Roads, the Dogtown School was later relocated ½ mile north and called the Fish Hatchery School. In 1919 a new building was built at the original site. This building burned in 1937. A third . . . Map (db m26765) HM
30 Wisconsin, Dane County, Fitchburg — 46 — Illinois Central Depot / Fitchburg
Illinois Central Depot side On this site a two-story railroad depot stood from 1888 to 1939. The depot served the Illinois Central Railroad, which provided passenger and freight service to Fitchburg on its route from Freeport, Illinois to . . . Map (db m120014) HM
31 Wisconsin, Dane County, Fitchburg — 364 — The McCoy Farmhouse
Located on one of Dane County's earliest and most successful tobacco farms, the cream-brick-Italianate McCoy Farmhouse was built by Benjamin Brown in 1861. Tobacco growing began here in 1853 and boomed during the Civil War when Southern tobacco . . . Map (db m33682) HM
32 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 82 — "Elmside" — The Simeon and Maria Mills House — 1863 —
This elegant Italian villa style house was constructed of native sandstone on the 191-acre country estate of Simeon and Maria Mills. An early pioneer from Ohio, Mills erected Madison's first store and was a banker, real estate developer and . . . Map (db m41983) HM
33 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — "Let The Great Spirits Soar"
This memorial, carved by Harry R. Whitehorse from a storm-damaged hackberry tree, honors his Indian ancestors and is a tribute to the Effigy Mound Builders. Sculpture funded by City of Madison Committee for the Arts Dane County Cultural Affairs . . . Map (db m33497) HM
34 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 84 — 9XM - WHA — "The Oldest Station in the Nation"
On this campus pioneer research and experimentation in "wireless" led to successful transmissions of voice and music in 1917, and the beginning of broadcasting on a scheduled basis in 1919. Experimental station 9XM transmitted telegraphic . . . Map (db m33629) HM
35 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — A Grand Experiment — Bascom Hill Historic District
Fed up with the formalities of traditional education, Professor Alexander Meikeljohn decided in 1927 to try something new, converting a university residence hall into an "Experimental College." Students took no tests and received no grades, but . . . Map (db m31986) HM
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36 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — A Living Room for Campus — Bascom Hill Historic District
The Memorial Union is the university’s premier gathering place, serving as a welcoming living room for the entire campus community. Built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style (1928) with an International style theater wing addition (1939), the . . . Map (db m111258) HM
37 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — A Stage for All — Bascom Hill Historic District — Reported missing
Not long after she was denied permission to perform in the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., because she was African-American, famous singer Marian Anderson found welcome at the University of Wisconsin. She sang at the Memorial Union in . . . Map (db m32697) HM
38 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 4 — Alexander Smith House
Built of sand limestone and cap limestone from a nearby quarry, this residence is an example of the Greek Revival style. The building was constructed as a farmhouse, but it also served as a halfway house for travelers between Milwaukee and Prairie . . . Map (db m41991) HM
39 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 36 — American Exchange Bank — 1871 — Shipman —
This Italian Renaissance Revival style structure, a distinguished example of its type, was designed by Madison architect Stephen Vaughn Shipman. Built of Madison sandstone as the Park Savings Bank, the structure occupies the former site of the . . . Map (db m33644) HM
40 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — American House
American House occupied this site 1838-1868 The first legislature in Madison met here November 26, 1838Map (db m36662) HM
41 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 98 — American Tobacco Co. Warehouses — 1899 - 1901
These two buildings are the most substantial warehouses built in Madison to house the processing of leaf tobacco. From the Civil War until the 1940s, leaf tobacco was among Dane County's most lucrative crops. The tobacco grown in Wisconsin was . . . Map (db m53072) HM
42 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Armory & Gymnasium — University of Wisconsin - Madison
Armory & Gymnasium University of Wisconsin - Madison has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.Map (db m34019) HM
43 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Barry Alvarez
Winningest coach in UW football history with 118-73-4 record Guided Badgers to three Big Ten and three Rose Bowl titles in 16 seasons (1990-2006) Led UW to .727 winning percentage (8-3 record) in bowl games (best in college history at time of his . . . Map (db m45685) HM
44 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 8 — Bashford House — 1856-7
This house is an example of the towered Italian Villa style executed in sandstone. Its square, hipped roof, three story tower, or campanile, is unique among old Madison residences. The house was first occupied by H. K. Lawrence, banker and . . . Map (db m32466) HM
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45 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 99 — Baskerville Apartments — 1913-1914
The Baskerville Apartments is one of Madison's finest remaining early apartment houses, built in an era of population explosion caused by enlargement of the University of Wisconsin, state government and private industry. Downtown densities increased . . . Map (db m38941) HM
46 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 94 — Bear and Lynx Effigy Mounds — 500-1000 A.D.
These mounds were constructed by a people of a hunting and gathering culture who met periodically at ceremonial grounds like this one to bury their dead.Map (db m33501) HM
47 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 81 — Bellevue Apartments — 1913 - 1914
Constructed by local builder Charles E. Marks, the Bellevue was the largest and most expensive apartment building erected during Madison's pre-World War I apartment house boom. Advertised as a place of "ease and comfort," the Bellevue featured such . . . Map (db m39920) HM
48 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 109 — Belmont Hotel — Balch and Lippert, Architects — 1923 - 1924 —
The Belmont Hotel was built to serve business travelers and legislators, with two dining rooms and "modern facilities," meaning adjacent bathrooms. City boosters hoped that it would encourage conventions to come to Madison. The construction of the . . . Map (db m41969) HM
49 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Bird Effigy
Common type of Indian emblematic mound: Body 52½ feet, wingspread formerly about 133 feetMap (db m33423) HM
50 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 34 — Bird Effigy Mound — 500-1000 A.D.
This mound was constructed by people of a hunting and gathering culture who met periodically at ceremonial grounds like this one to bury their dead.Map (db m33532) HM
51 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Black Hawk — Sauk Chief
Black Hawk, Sauk chief, retreated through these grounds July 21, 1832 pursued by militia and U.S. regulars.Map (db m32247) HM
52 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 1 — Black Hawk — Lake Monona: Change
Madison changed with great speed in the 1830s: from Ho-Chunk home to war zone to capital city. Powerful forces were gathering against the Ho-Chunks. To gain more land, southwest Wisconsin lead miners pressured the U.S. government to remove the . . . Map (db m35314) HM
53 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation — The Madison Heritage Series
In the early 20th century, experts from around the country came to study Wisconsin’s “laboratory of democracy.” The state’s Progressive politicians, led by “Fighting Bob”—Governor Robert La Follette Sr.—were using . . . Map (db m32939) HM
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54 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 143 — Boutell House — 1923
The Boutell House is significant as an elegant and finely detailed example of the Georgian Revival style in Madison. The style, locally popular between 1900 and 1940, is the product of the emergence of interest in Colonial architecture of the United . . . Map (db m154088) HM
55 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 13 — Breese J. Stevens House — 1863 - 1864
This multi-faceted brick Italianate house was built for Madison lawyer, Daniel K. Tenney. In 1871, Tenney sold it to Breese J. Stevens who probably altered the house significantly during his ownership. Stevens was elected mayor of Madison in 1884 . . . Map (db m40861) HM
56 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 49 — Brittingham Boat House — Ferry & Clas — 1910 —
The construction of this public boat house represents the spirit of municipal improvement that infused this city at the turn of the century. The parkland and its model facilities were created through the generosity of lumberman Thomas E. Brittingham . . . Map (db m32456) HM
57 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Burrows Park
This land was bequeathed to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association in 1909 by one of its active members, George B. Burrows (1832 - 1909). The lake shore area was filled to its present level by dredging the lake bottom. Until 1913 an on-site . . . Map (db m44408) HM
58 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 111 — Camp Randall
From these historic grounds went forth Wisconsin's sons to fight for the preservation of the nation in the American Civil War -- 1861-1865. More than 70,000 men trained for service within the boundaries of this camp named after Alexander W. Randall, . . . Map (db m31743) HM
59 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Capitol Square has long been the heart of the city — The Madison Heritage Series
Even before Madison was founded, people met to exchange money and merchandise not far from this spot. Five hundred Ho-Chunk camped near the square in 1832 to swap furs for trader Oliver Armel’s goods. People began building businesses on Capitol . . . Map (db m33482) HM
60 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 107 — Cardinal Hotel — Ferdinand Kronenberg, Architect — 1908-1909 — Reported missing
The Cardinal Hotel, designed by prolific Madison architect Ferdinand Kronenberg, is significant for its association with east Madison's commercial and railway corridor. Conceived primarily to serve rail passengers, when constructed the hotel towered . . . Map (db m77755) HM
61 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Chamberlin Rock
This tablet commemorates the services to Wisconsin of Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, leader in science and education, State Geologist of Wisconsin, 1873-1882, President of the University, 1887-1892. As State Geologist he conducted a survey . . . Map (db m32249) HM
62 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Conical Mound — 0 - 400 A.D.
This mound was constructed by a people of a hunting and gathering culture who met periodically at ceremonial grounds like this one to bury their dead.Map (db m33245) HM
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63 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Controlling Blood Clotting — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Through the misfortune of a Wisconsin farmer, biochemist Karl Paul Link and his University of Wisconsin associates were handed the keys to discovery of anticlotting factors. Farmer Ed Carlson in February 1933 brought to Link sweet clover hay that he . . . Map (db m115517) HM
64 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 76 — Corry Carriage House — 1911
This quaint stone carriage house was built for James and Minnie Corry. Corry, a well-known realtor, helped develop the Fair Oaks plat and was a promoter of the east side. The Corrys' plans to build a house in front of the carriage house were halted . . . Map (db m45442) HM
65 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — David James Schaefer — 1955-2004
David James Schaefer, 1955-2004 was a phenomenal phenomenon. Though plagued by the progressive debilities of cerebral palsy, "Schaefer" was an uncomplaining and generous friend to many. Disability Rights Specialist for the City of Madison in . . . Map (db m40520) HM
66 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 387 — Dean House / Nathaniel Dean
Marker Front: Dean House This simple flat-roofed cream brick structure with wood cornice and dentils was built by the Dean family as their country home. After 1871, the home was used by tenant farmers and in the 1920's as the Monona . . . Map (db m144039) HM
67 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 69 — Derrick C. Bush House — ca. 1867
Built of cream brick, this handsome Italianate house was constructed for Derrick C. Bush (1816-1887). A Vermont native, Bush became the village of Madison's first assessor in 1854, and later, a county judge. A later owner, Phineas Baldwin, was a . . . Map (db m41393) HM
68 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 137 — Dick-Eddy Buildings — 1889 and 1907 — Conover and Porter, Architects —
The imposing Dick Building is a flat-iron building in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, a style in which the local architects, Conover and Porter, were particularly adept. The Dick block was built in part to house Christian Dick's wine and liquor . . . Map (db m200505) HM
69 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Discovering Vitamins and Trace Minerals — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
By feeding diets of single grains to sixteen dairy heifers, University of Wisconsin scientists under the direction of biochemist E.B. Hart in 1907 set the stage for the discovery of vitamins and essential trace minerals. These feeding experiments . . . Map (db m32356) HM
70 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Discovery of Vitamins A and B — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
In 1913 University of Wisconsin biochemist Elmer V. McCollum and associates used rats to conduct nutritional studies that led to the discovery of vitamin A in butterfat and cod liver oil. In 1917 his group discovered vitamin B complex in milk whey. . . . Map (db m57103) HM
71 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Disease-Resistant Plants — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
At the end of the 19th century, a fungal infection called cabbage yellows threatened the entire Wisconsin cabbage crop. University of Wisconsin plant pathologist John C. Walker solved the problem by developing strains of cabbage resistant to the . . . Map (db m32398) HM
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72 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 156 — Doty School — Claude and Starck, Architect — 1906 —
Built during a population boom in Madison, Doty School replaced the smaller Fourth Ward School built on this site in 1866. When it opened, the new school was renamed for Madison's founder, James Duane Doty, the person responsible for Madison's . . . Map (db m53073) HM
73 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 158 — Dowling Apartments — Philip Dean, Architect — 1922 —
William and Margaret Dowling built this impeccably maintained Craftsman style apartment building. It included luxury amenities such as chandeliers and built-in breakfronts in the dining rooms, laundry service and a dumb waiter system. Margaret . . . Map (db m40290) HM
74 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Dr. Robert Fassnacht — In Memoriam
This is the site of the Sterling Hall bombing, which occurred at 3:40 AM on August 24, 1970. An outstanding research scientist, Dr. Robert Fassnacht, was killed in the bombing while working during the night in his laboratory on a physics experiment . . . Map (db m40975) HM
75 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 155 — Draper Brothers Block — 1867
The Draper Brothers block is significant as one of the few remaining buildings of native sandstone from Madison's earliest era of commercial development and for being associated with Madison's commercial history, having housed a meat market on the . . . Map (db m52846) HM
76 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Drohman Farm
The land surrounding this spot was originally the farm of George and Mary Drohman, pioneer German settlers who came to the U.S. around 1846. From 1851 to 1906 another German-American family, Adolph and Mary Sigglekow and their two sons, tilled this . . . Map (db m45337) HM
77 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Eagle Effigy
Largest Indian Mound of its Type in Wisconsin Body 131 Feet Wingspread 624 Feet Marked by the Wisconsin Archeological Society July 30, 1910Map (db m35130) HM
78 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Eben and Rosaline Peck
Eben and Rosaline Peck erected Madison's first home on this site. April, 1837Map (db m36948) HM
79 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Edna Taylor Conservation Park
Edna E.E. Taylor was a teacher, writer and, in her later years, a dairy farmer. A believer in "Sensible Ecology" she proposed to sell 37 of her 98 acres of land to the city of Madison. Added to 10 adjacent acres already held by the city and 11 acres . . . Map (db m33322) HM
80 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Eliminating Pellagra — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Pellagra once was a widespread and often fatal disease that was particularly common where corn was a dietary staple. In 1938, University of Wisconsin biochemists Conrad Elvehjem and Frank Strong isolated and identified the B vitamin, niacin, and . . . Map (db m57097) HM
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81 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Elvis Presley Fight Scene
On this site, the corner of Hwy 51 and East Washington Avenue around 1 am, on June 24th, 1977, Elvis Presley was riding in the 2nd of two limousines which had stopped for a red light. He was coming from a concert in Des Moines and had just arrived . . . Map (db m37376) HM
82 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 38 — Fess Hotel — 1858, 1901
A hotel for the common man throughout its history, the nineteenth century facade of the Fess remains a reminder of the commercial character of the King Street and Doty Street area. George Fess, the original proprietor of the hotel, catered to . . . Map (db m32944) HM
83 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 77 — Fire Station #4 — 1904 - 1905
Designed by local architect, Lew F. Porter, Fire Station #4 is one of the oldest fire stations remaining in Madison. The tiny windows on the east facade lit horse stalls. The rapid expansion of University Heights, Wingra Park and other near west . . . Map (db m44550) HM
84 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — First Chemical Synthesis of a Gene — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Biochemist Har Gobind Khorana shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1968 for research that was essential to understanding how DNA is translated into proteins. His work at the Institute for Enzyme Research completed the puzzle of which . . . Map (db m57017) HM
85 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 61 — First Church of Christ, Scientist — Frank M. Riley — 1929 —
Designed with simplicity and grace, the First Church of Christ, Scientist is Georgian Revival in style, the form used for many early 20th century Christian Science churches across the country. It is the only Madison church designed by Frank Riley, . . . Map (db m40205) HM
86 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — First Reliable Test of Milk Quality — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
A milestone in modern dairying was the development of a simple and accurate measure of the butterfat content of milk. University of Wisconsin biochemist Stephen M. Babcock in 1890 developed the test that made him internationally famous and . . . Map (db m32385) HM
87 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Forging Agrarian Democracy — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The modern discipline of agricultural and applied economics owes much to University of Wisconsin scholars Henry C. Taylor and Benjamin H. Hibbard for their seminal work on the economic, political, and social meaning of land ownership. Agricultural . . . Map (db m32806) HM
88 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Genetically Superior Crops — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin geneticist R.A. Brink brought hybrid corn to Wisconsin, releasing the state's first hybrid for production in 1933. Eight years later ninety percent of Wisconsin corn was hybrid. Soon the yield per acre was tripled. Brink also . . . Map (db m32396) HM
89 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Global Vision — Bascom Hill Historic District
In 1961, more than 100 University of Wisconsin students and graduates applied to spend two years volunteering in some of the world's neediest countries as part of a new program known as the Peace Corps. Their participation began a long relationship . . . Map (db m31951) HM
90 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Grace Episcopal Church
Commemorating the one hundreth anniversary of the first service held in this church on Quinquagesima Sunday February 14, 1858 the Rt. Rev. Jackson Kemper Bishop of Wisconsin officiating.Map (db m38886) HM
91 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 45 — Grace Episcopal Church — 1855-58 — James Douglas —
Designed by Milwaukee architect James Douglas, and constructed of local sandstone, Grace Episcopal Church is a distinguished example of the Gothic Revival style. Inspired by early English models, the corner tower contains a full carillon of bells. . . . Map (db m33076) HM
92 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 28 — Greenbush
Once a marshy area off the shores of Lake Monona, this triangular shaped neighborhood became a dream for Italian immigrants during the early 1900's. Greenbush developed into one of America's countless Little Italys, complemented with Jewish, Black . . . Map (db m32636) HM
93 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Hans Christian Heg
Colonel 15th Wis. Vols. Born in Norway Dec. 21, 1829 Fell at Chickamauga Sept. 19, 1863 Norwegian Americans gave this memorial to the State of WisconsinMap (db m33780) HM
94 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 37 — Heritage of the Hill
Madison developers Delaplaine and Burdick erected the three-story Lakeside Water Cure here in 1854. This unsuccessful venture closed after three years and re-opened in 1866 as a summer resort hotel. Known as the "Newport of the West," it appealed to . . . Map (db m32955) HM
95 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 68 — Herman J. Loftsgordon House — 1918
Herman Loftsgordon and his family lived in this house from 1918 until 1946. Loftsgordon was one of five brothers who came to Madison from Mt. Horeb in the early 1900's and settled within blocks of each other in the Elmside plat. The family was . . . Map (db m41523) HM
96 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — Hiestand Park
The Hiestand family farmed this land for the last half of the 19th century. Settling here in the 1850's, Jacob Hiestand grew the first tobacco raised in Wisconsin. He served Blooming Grove in many capacities, including that of village chairman. His . . . Map (db m42183) HM
97 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 44 — Hiestand School — 1915
Since about 1855 this site has been the location of the Blooming Grove township school. Named for pioneer tobacco grower, Jacob Hiestand, whose farmstead lay across the road, the original frame building was razed in 1915 to make way for this fully . . . Map (db m42206) HM
98 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 75 — Holy Redeemer Catholic Church — 1865-1869
This is the first parish organized by German Catholics and is the second oldest Catholic church in Madison. This church replaces the original brick structure built on this site in 1857 by the 80 founding families The simple Romanesque Revival . . . Map (db m38884) HM
99 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 75 — Holy Redeemer School Building — 1892
The Holy Redeemer School was founded in 1865 by German Catholics who were granted their own parish after separating from the Irish Congregation of St. Raphael. Classes were held within the church until growing enrollment necessitated a separate . . . Map (db m170938) HM
100 Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison — 159 — Hotel Loraine — Herbert W. Tullgren, Architect — 1923-25 —
This building was designed by Herbert W. Tullgren, an architect nationally known for his design of hotels and apartment buildings in period revival styles. Hotel Loraine, having elements of both the Tudor and Mediterranean revival styles was the . . . Map (db m48309) HM

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