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Sun Prairie [origin of place name]

Sun Prairie [origin of place name] | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.

So called by A.A. Bird. In 1837, he and a company of pioneers after a nine days tramp through the rain from Milwaukee, came upon the borders of the prairie just as the sun came out, and therefore christened the spot Sun Prairie, and the village took its name from the prairie.

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[Source: Dane County History, 1880.]