Introduction to Madison, South Dakota
The original territory of Madison was established in 1880 by William Lee and Charles Walker. It was named after Madison, Wisconsin. C.B. Kennedy, who built his home in the well drained valley between Lake Herman and Lake Madison in 1878. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, which arrived in 1880, passed very close to Kennedy's homestead. As a result, residents of the original Madison community moved to the area near the railroad. By 1883, residents of the town of Herman had also shifted to this region. Gradually, many industries were established in the area and Madison became a thriving and prosperous city.
Madison and Nearby Attractions
- Smith - Zimmermann State Museum
- Walkers Point Recreation Area
- Prairie Village
- Lake Herman State Park
- Great Plains Zoo
Things To Do In Madison
There are numerous sites of historic interest in Madison including the Prairie Village, and the Herman Luce Cabin. The city is also home to the Smith-Zimmerman Museum. Prairie Village, which is a living history museum, features restored buildings, a sawmill, an operating railroad, steam tractors, and agriculture displays. The Smith-Zimmermann Museum houses various pieces of Victorian furnishings. The Pipestone National Monument marks the area where Plains Indians used to quarry pipestone. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Lakes Golf Course, and Madison Golf and Country Club. The city also offers easy access to the 1,350-acre Lake Herman and the 2,800-acre Lake Madison. Here people can enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and skiing. The Madison area also offers a variety of fishing, bird viewing, and hunting opportunities. In addition, residents of the city host annual events like the Railroad Days, and Madison Arts in the Park.
Air transportation is available from the Joe Foss Field Airport.
Madison Higher Education
Dakota State University is located in the city of Madison. South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, Augustana College, and Kilian Community College are nearby.