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By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

History Plat by Plat: Miller, Hudson, Elmside and More

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 20, 2015

On Saturday October 17, the East Side History Club learned about three early residential developments south of Atwood Avenue: the Samuel Miller Subdivision, Elmside, and Plat of Hudson Park.

Each plat promoted itself as the best place to build a home.

Plats 1976

Samuel Miller Plat: In 1863 Simeon Mills built a large sandstone mansion at 2709 Sommers Ave. Ann gave a brief history of its ownership.  In 1905, when the Miller family owned the property Samuel Miller had the property surrounding the house subdivided into 64 lots. “A large portion of these lots give as fine a view of Lake Monona as any in the city.”


Elmside: “Fair Oaks, her rival on the other side of the St. Paul RR tracks has been advertised and boomed for years, say the people of Elmside, yet they look down upon their fair rival and claim to be the choicest suburb of the two.”

Hudson Park:  “Of the many beautiful residential sections of the east side none surpasses Hudson Park as a place in which to make a home.  This plat originally comprised a tract of land consisting of 18 acres with frontage on Lake Monona.  This frontage now composes the park strip still bearing the name of Hudson Park.”

The program concluded with an overview of the park along Lake Monona known as Hudson Park, including the Harry Whitehorse sculpture “Let the Great Spirit Soar”, the marker honoring Lt. Gerald Stull who died “landing” his disabled plane in the lake rather than have it plow into homes along Elmside Blvd., and the efforts that the Friends of Hudson Park have made in conjunction with the City of Madison to improve the beach and eliminate invasive plants along the shoreline.


Upcoming meetings of interest:
Thursday Oct 22, 2 PM  Warner Park Community Center: History of the North Side
Sunday Oct. 25, 2 PM Monona Public Library: Monona History Club meets. Topic: history of early Wisconsin railroads.
The next East Side History Club meeting will be Saturday Nov. 14 at 1 pm Goodman Community Center. Our topic will be the history of Blooming Grove, Monona & Dean House.

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