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"Many facts, minute in themselves, are in this view very important. The details, which is the appropriate province of the local historian to spread before the public are not so much history itself, as materials for history, leaving to the general historian, who has before him all these details, to exhibit the connection of the several parts, and their dependence one upon another."

Daniel S. Durrie
A History of Madison, 1874

 

The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names

By Burr Angle, Dolores Kester, and Ann Waidelich
Copyright © Burr Angle 2010

Please credit the source if you use this resource - thank you!

Complete PDF of The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names

Part I - The Origins of Some Northside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Street Naming Practices From Early Days to the Present

Part II - The Origins of Some Northside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: More Street Name Facts

Part III - The Origins of Some Northside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: The Airport and Truax Field

Part IV - The Origins of Some Northside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Sketches of Some Northside Developers

Part V - The Origins of Some Eastside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Streets Between the Yahara River and Starkweather Creek

Part VI - The Origins of Some Westside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Southwestern Suburbs from Wingra Park to Nakoma, 1890 to 1930

Part VII - The Origins of Some Westside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Western Suburbs North of the Beltline to About 1970

Part VIII - The Origins of Some Eastside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Southeastern Suburbs from Starkweather Creek and Monona Drive to Interstate 90

Part IX - The Origins of Some Westside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Suburbs South of the Beltline to About 1980

Part X - The Origins of Some Southside Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names

Part XI - The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names: Streets from Randall Avenue to the Yahara River

Each part has a page or two listing some major sources; most of these are available at the Madison Public Library, the Wisconsin Historical Society, or on the Internet.

Much of the most interesting and valuable information came from local residents who shared memories with the authors.

Please mail additions to Historic Madison, Inc. at the address below, or email Dolores Kester at [dakester@sbcglobal.net], or Ann Waidelich at [annwaid@sbcglobal.net].