Madison Park & Pleasure Drive Association

Madison Park & Pleasure Drive Association (HMRP2)

Location: Madison, WI 53706 Dane County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 4.679', W 89° 25.286'

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During the 19th Century, Willow Creek marked the western edge of the University of Wisconsin campus and the end of University Drive. In 1892, at the suggestion of Prof. Edward T. Owen, a committee of public-spirited citizens constructed a "pleasure drive" west from this point, opening the privately-owned Lake Mendota shoreline for public enjoyment. As part of this project, the first Willow Creek bridge was built. The drive, intended for saddle horses, carriages, and bicycles, crossed University Bay Marsh, ascended Eagle Heights, and followed the shoreline to Merrill Springs (Spring Harbor). In 1894, the committee became the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association under the leadership of John M. Olin. Relying on voluntary contributions, this renowned organization established other pleasure drives as well as Tenney, Vilas, and Brittingham Parks. In 1938, its activities were assumed by the Madison Parks Commission and the Association dissolved.
HM NumberHMRP2
Year Placed1995
Placed ByHistoric Madison, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 302878 N 4772320
Decimal Degrees43.07798333, -89.42143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 4.679', W 89° 25.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 4' 40.74" N, 89° 25' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-98 The Howard Temin Lakeshore Path, Madison WI 53706, US
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