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Vocabulary:

resort
steamboat
spring


Interesting Fact:

The hotel had been deserted and was in the process of being dismantled when the fire broke out.


Study Questions:

  • What was the large attraction to resorts with springs?
  • When did the tourism industry begin to grow? What were the causes of the growth?
  • What were some other larger Wisconsin resorts in the late 19th century?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Tonyawatha Spring Hotel:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 31:

    1792: The cornerstone for the first U.S. government building, the Philadelphia Mint, is laid.
    1948: New York Internation Airport, now JFK, is dedicated.



  • July 31

    July 31, 1895: Tonyawatha Spring Hotel on Lake Monona burned down on July 31, 1895. The hotel was located in what is present day Monona, and opened on July 9, 1879. During the first years of the resort, business was quite successful with many of the guests visiting from the southern U.S., especially New Orleans. A steamboat would take guests to and from Madison across the lake each hour. The resort fell onto hard times and never regained the success of its early years.


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