Introduction to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is 12 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin and 66 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located in the Madison metropolitan area. Sun Prairie has a population of 20,369.
Sun Prairie History
In 1837, President Van Buren commissioned a team of forty five men for an expedition Madison in order to establish a territory capital. The settlers arrived on a sunny day two weeks later, and gave this area the name Sun Prairie. The first settler in the area was Charles Bird. The town of Sun Prairie was established in 1846. It gradually grew into a city, which was officially incorporated in 1958.
Sun Prairie and nearby Attractions
- Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum
- Governor Nelson State Park
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Astico County Park
- Hoard Historical Museum
- Viking County Park
Things To Do In Sun Prairie
Local parks include the Lake Kegonsa State Park, the Yahara Heights County Park and Badger Prairie County Park. The Sun Prairie Golf Club, Glenway Golf Club and the Nine Springs Golf Club are the local golf courses. Local churches include the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, Saint Albert the Great Church and the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sun Prairie hosts the Sweet Corn Festival every August, the StrawberryFest every June and the Blues Fest every September.
Sun Prairie Transportation
Air transportation is available from Dane County Regional Airport.
Sun Prairie Higher Education
Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Waukesha County Technical College are all nearby.