Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is located in the south-central part in the state of Wisconsin.

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Madison is the capital and the second largest city in the state of Wisconsin with a population of 236,901 residents (2011).

About Madison

Madison has many times been named in Forbes ten Best Cities and ranks as a top community in which to live, work, and raise a family. The city is also ranked as the "Least Armed and Dangerous" city in the United States. It is a very bike-friendly city and only minutes away from the beautiful countryside.

To See And To Do In Madison

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Overture Center

State Street in downtown

Hilldale Mall

The Memorial Union Terrace

Monona Terrace

Henry Vilas Zoo

Monroe Street

Willy Street

East Johnson Street

UW Arboretum

State Capitol Building

Chazen Museum of Art

Madison's Wine & Cigar Room

Yahara Hills Golf Club

Little Amerricka Amusement Park

History Of Madison

In 1829, James Duane Doty, a Judge and land speculator, bought 1,200 acres for $1,500 to build a town. In 1836, at the time the town only existed on paper but James Duane Doty named the place Madison for James Madison, the 4th President of the United States. In 1837, the cornerstone for the Wisconsin capitol was laid. Immigrants from England, Germany, Norway and Sweden settled in Madison and the village began to grow. In 1839, the American politician, Kintzing Prichette, purchased land in todays Madison and began offering plots for sale to people. In 1840, many immigrants from Ireland now settled. In 1846, Madison was incorporated as a village. In 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was established.

In 1850, more than 1,500 people lived in the village. In 1854, the railroad was connected to Madison. In 1856, Madison was incorporated as a city. In 1861, the Englishman Benjamin Walker built a castle. The Benjamin Walker Castle. He lived there with his wife and three children but moved back to England in 1863. In 1878, the first private phones in Madison were installed. In 1896, the Wisconsin Badgers football team was founded.

In 1900, there were more than 19,100 people living in the city. In 1917, the todays Wisconsin State Capitol was built and the outdoor stadium, Camp Randall Stadium, was built. In 1922, the Madison East High School was established. In 1924, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was founded. In 1925, the Madison Symphony Orchestra was founded. In 1946, the St. Raphael's Cathedral was built. In 1952, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens was established. In 1961, the Madison Opera was founded. In 1994, the world famous rock band Garbage started. In 2005, St. Raphael's Cathedral was damaged in a fire.

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