Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is located in the south-central part and is the capital and the second largest city in the U.S. State of Wisconsin. 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 - Timeline

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 today's 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 today's 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.