Exploring the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood

This page and the six linked below is an online version of "Exploring the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood," published by DMNA an 1999.

Note: Many of the sites included in this booklet are private residences. Please respect the privacy of the owners and occupants.

A Madison Heritage Publication: This booklet is one of several published to provide tours of historic areas of Madison. Contact the City of Madison Department of Planning and Development for information about other publications in this series.

Published by the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association, 1999

Let the Exploration Begin

The Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood is a complex product of the past and present. Long ago, glacial action formed the pre-settlement landscape. Eventually, American Indians and then Europeans settled in the area and adapted it for camping, hunting, farming and getting around. More recently, homes were constructed, parks were created and businesses opened to support the developing neighborhood. This long and diverse history has produced a neighborhood rich in cultural and natural resources and has created a strong sense of place - a feeling of being attached to a location and proud to be a part of it.

This guidebook was written to help you explore the neighborhood -- notice and discover things you had perhaps not seen before, and learn interesting facts about various buildings, businesses and natural areas. We include points of interest to represent the neighborhood's diversity and to spark your interest and imagination. We hope you will think of more questions to ask and notice other interesting features to share with your family, your friends, your neighbors and us (see contact information on previous page).

Add another dimension to your next walk or bicycle ride by taking this booklet with you and making a treasure hunt out of exploring the neighborhood.

Tour Approach

To help you investigate natural and cultural resources in the neighborhood, we present four tours, which can be taken individually (roughly 45 minutes each) or combined to make a single loop of the neighborhood (allow a good three hours). The tour names roughly coincide with the farms and wetlands that were developed and became the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood (see map in center of booklet).

Treasure Hunt Approach

Alternatively, you could make these tours into treasure hunts. Pick a single clue or a category of clues from the treasure hunt clue list on the following pages and see if you can find the treasure. The site numbers are listed to help you find the answer in the booklet.

There are also boxes scattered through the booklet containing clues for additional treasures for which to search.

A scanned PDF copy of the publication is attached (21MB).