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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: 1961-06-29 

Description: Mrs. Georgia Russell, an accountant in the State Motor Vehicle Department, displays the mail bag and bomb package that were involved in an unsuccessful att...

Date: 1949-07-28 

Description: Businesses along West Main Street during the remodeling of the Blied Building, 29 West Main Street, after the top one and two stories have been removed. Bu...

Date: 1926 

Description: Exterior view of the Neighborhood House, Madison's only settlement house.

Date: 1938 

Description: This map is blue line print and shows local streets, roads, the University of Wisconsin, Monona Village, Verona, Middleton, McFarland, Lake Mendota, Lake M...

Date: 1887-10-07 

Description: Military parade on Main Street honoring President Grover Cleveland's visit to Madison. Soldiers of the University Battalion are marching on West Main Stree...

Date: 1954-03-08 

Description: Police Officer Robert Ferris stands near a canopy that ripped loose from a Truax Field jet fighter and landed in the Rentschler Floral Company plat a block...

Date: 1947-02-12 

Description: Kenneth H. Sidwell , 17 North First Street, shown talking through the window of his car to Madison police officer Harold Nelson on his motorcycle. Mr. Sid...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: This maps is pen and pencil on tracing cloth and shows local streets, buildings, proposed and present branches of railroad track, and sewer and water lines...

Date: 1922 ca.

Description: View along roof of four men in hats and work clothes, and two women in summer dresses posing on the side of the roof. One of the men is holding a hammer. I...

Date: 1918 

Description: This map shows Madison and includes an index of University of Wisconsin buildings, city buildings, and churches. Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, and Lake Wingra...

Date: 1918-05-25 

Description: View of draftees at the Northwestern depot on their way to basic training and then France. Nearly 3,000 Madison men joined the war effort.

Date: 1949-08-18 

Description: View of the newly reconstructed East Washington Avenue, looking east at the 700 block.

Photograph

WHA-FM Tower

Date: 1947-02-08 

Description: WHA-FM tower being built on top of Radio Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Photograph

Old Mill Site

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: A tall smokestack stands beside the Yahara River where it flows out of Lake Mendota. Remnants of the foundation and supports of Farwell's Madison Mills are...

Date: 1952 

Description: Lewis Arms leans against a car with his arm around his family friend and neighbor John Berry, who he called "Pa Berry".

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...

Date: 1930-10-11 

Description: The Riley-Bremer-Riley Oldsmobile garage on E. Doty Street began as the Riley Livery Stable when horse-drawn transportation reigned and then transitioned t...

Date: 1971 ca.

Description: View of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin headquarters building from across Library Mall. A woman and child are sitting on the edge of the William...

Map or Atlas

Madison Wisconsin

Date: 1945 

Description: This maps shows roads, railroads, parks, recreational areas, Lake Wingra, Lake Monona, and part of Lake Mendota. The map includes pictorial images that de...

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