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East Side Street Names–Always More to Know

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 12, 2011

In October 2009, Burr Angle and Ann Waidelich presented a program to our club on the history of street names. Recently, Burr sent a follow-up to that program.

A series of articles by Burr Angle, Dolores Kester, and Ann Waidelich titled “The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin Street Names” contains eleven discussions of many street names, subdivisions, and Madison-area developers.  Ten of the articles cover areas built up outside the original city limits from about 1900 to 1980.

Readers can learn that Winchester Street is named for General Phil Sheridan’s horse; that Alden Drive, Standish Court, and Priscilla Lane are for characters in Longfellow’s “Courtship of Miles Standish”; that Piping Rock Road is for a golf course on Long Island; and can discover the true story of the intersection of Hooker Avenue and Pleasure Drive.

There are many maps and illustrations.

Copies of the 275-page 8×11 document in 3-ring binders are now in the Local Materials sections of all Madison public library locations, and at the MATC, Middleton and Monona libraries.  The Wisconsin Historical Society is binding copies for its collections.

For more information write Burr Angle at 1818 Winchester Street, Madison, WI 53704; email Dolores Kester at dakester [at] sbcglobal.net, or Ann Waidelich at annwaid [at] sbcglobal.net.

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