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Historical Essay

Land Speculation and Cities

How Real Estate Owners Created Wisconsin

Discover how land owners promoted their towns and villages for settlers and created the cities you know today.

Date: 1936-11-29 

Description: Exterior view of the Allis Chalmers farm implements building, 601-607 Williamson Street (Machinery Row).

Photograph

The C.A. Coon House

Date: 1898 ca.

Description: An exterior view of a home on S. Henry Street owned by C.A. Coon, an employee in the Department of "R.R. Conservation." The Victorian home has several deco...

Date: 1937 ca.

Description: View of the Southern Wisconsin Produce building and its side loading dock, busy with orders. In addition, there are railroad tracks directly in front of th...

Date: 1952-01-12 

Description: A scene in Vilas Park showing frost covered trees and a lone vehicle.

Date: 1931 

Description: Leyda's Service Station on the corner of Park Street and Olin Avenue. This service station was a member of the Wadham's Oil and Grease Company chain of Mil...

Learn more about the 1904 fire that destroyed the third Wisconsin State Capitol.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hearing Room. This hall was established by the legislature in the old Wisconsin State capitol in 1901. After the fire i...

Date: 1974-04-18 

Description: View towards large group of people marching with signs on the sidewalk at the office of State Superintendent of Education, Barbara Thompson at the Departme...

Postcard

Farmer with Cows

Date: 1910-02 

Description: Farmer and two cows standing outside near a barn in winter.

Photograph

Silver Spring

Date: 1896 ca.

Description: View of Silver Spring and the surrounding countryside. In the background, there is a man on a bicycle, two individuals in a horse-drawn vehicle and a small...

Date:  

Description: The fourth Wisconsin State Capitol building, the third in Madison.

Photograph

Miller Residence

Date: 1901 ca.

Description: View of the George P. and Annie L. Miller residence at 1030 Spaight Street. Several members of the Miller family are resting on the front porch.

Date: 1948-01-21 

Description: William L. Doudna, Wisconsin State Journal staffer, interviews movie actress Esther Williams during her visit to Madison. In the background is the W...

Date: 1871 ca.

Description: This map shows buildings, roads, the railroad, an orchard, and swamp land. Relief shown by hachures. The map includes an index of buildings in the upper ri...

Photograph

The Kendall House

Date: 1977-04-17 

Description: Exterior view of Madison landmark, The Kendall House, 104 East Gilman Street, which displays a combination of both Italian and French architectural styles,...

Glimpses of African-American Life in the Midwest, 1865-1934

Read about three generations of a Midwestern African-American family.

Date:  date unknown

Description: "The Stage Coach" painting in the North Hearing Room, in the Wisconsin State Capitol, by Charles Turner. This is one of four paintings depicting the four m...

Date: 1906-08-09 

Description: Demolition of the semi-circular West Wing of the third Wisconsin State Capitol. In this picture the upper stories are gone, but behind the scaffolding the...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Detail of woodwork in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

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