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In 1836, a former federal judge named James Duane Doty purchased over a thousand acres of swamp and forest land surrounding lakes Mendota, Monona, Kegonsa, and Waubesa with the intention of building a new city on the site. After successfully lobbying the Territorial Legislature, Madison – at that time still a city only on paper – became the site of the State Capitol of Wisconsin on November 28, 1836. Ten years later, Madison was incorporated as a village - Population: 626. Statehood was achieved in 1848; Madison remained the capitol and also became host to the University of Wisconsin. It has been growing ever since and has never looked back...

Click here to view more Wisconsin destinations!Madison boasts hundreds of great restaurants and shops, 200 city parks, endless miles of bike trails, countless annual festivals, museums, theaters, and unlimited opportunity for enjoyment of performing and cultural arts. It is an incredibly friendly and stimulating city with a growing reputation for being a great place to live, work and play, and it was chosen as one of the best places in the country for business and careers.

Madison, Wisconsin has a rich history and more options available for young and old alike than you could imagine; it is a big city with a small town feel and you are invited to come to experience what USA Today has called “One of the Ten Great Places to Enjoy a Textbook Getaway”.

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Population:220,332 (2004 est.)
Elevation: 863 feet
Land area: 16.8 sq mi (US Census Bureau)
Water area: ~16 sq mi (US Census Bureau)
Zip codes:  53703-06; 53711, and 53713-19

County: Dane


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