Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
The 5 Lakes of Madison

Yahara Portal - Lake Kegonsa

Lake Mendota (Wikipedia)

Lake Monona (Wikipedia)

Yahara Portal - Lake Waubesa

Read More About It

"Madison, a History of the Formative Years" by David Mollenhoff

"The Physical Geography of Wisconsin" by Lawrence Martin

"The Naming of the Four Lakes," Wisconsin Magazine of History, 1945-46, by Frederick Cassidy



Interesting Fact:

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;

Study Questions:

  • 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?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 14:

    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."

  • February 14

    February 14, 1855: A bill was passed in the legislature formally naming the Madison area lakes (Kegonsa, Waubesa, Monona and Mendota) and the Yahara River.

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