This digital collection of historic reports provides accessibility to early information about the City of Madison around the turn of the 20th century. The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association Reports denote the moneys received and expended and work done by the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association in order to attract attention to the city's natural beauty and surrounding lakes. The impetus behind the association was that by making Madison's natural surroundings more accessible, visitors would get a better idea of the magnificence of the location, and advantages of Madison as a summer resort or place of permanent residence.
The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association Reports offer a glimpse into a time in local history when pleasure drives were first considered, and thought to be of skeptical benefit to the public. These same drives and walkways are now considered an integral part of Madison's landscape.
Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association formed in 1894 and John M. Olin was its first president. He served from 1894-1909. This collection also contains thousands of pages of carbon copies of correspondence between John M. Olin and various people concerned with the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association.
This collection is currently in the process of being migrated from an older website. Some content may be found only at our legacy site.