Quality of life in Madison in 1850

Lawyer's Letter Casts Light on Madison of 1850

While today Madison often wins accolades for its quality of life, in 1850, the capital was quite a bit different--cows roamed the streets, entertainment was scarce, and the inhabitants were "bearish" and "rough." Lawyers traveling to the city to argue cases reported arriving "half dead with bruises and knocks" from the rough roads. This article looks at Madison life in 1850.

Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
The Founding of Major Cities
Creator: Holmes, Fred L.
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Society
Citation: "Lawyer's Letter Casts Light on Madison of 1850." Wisconsin Historical Society. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1576; Visited on: 5/21/2018