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Dane County Waters
"Madison, a History of the Formative Years" by David Mollenhoff
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"The Physical Geography of Wisconsin" by Lawrence Martin
"The Naming of the Four Lakes," Wisconsin Magazine of History, 1945-46, by Frederick Cassidy
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about Madison's four lakes. It begins, "Four limpid lakes,--four Naiades
Or sylvan deities are these,
In flowing robes of azure dressed;
How were the four lakes created?
On a map, trace the route of the Yahara River from its source to where it ends.
The names of the lakes and river are Native American. What do the names mean in English?
Newspapers on BadgerLink
Wisconsin Historical Society
Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the lakes along the Yahara River:
1920: The League of Women Voters is founded.
1929: Seven members of the Bugs Moran gang are gunned in a Chicago garage. It becomes known as the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
U.S. historical events that occurred on February 14: