Donald Park

© Photographed October 16, 2015
Erected 1999 by the Dane County Historical Society
Mt. Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin
42.963446,-89.681659
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DONALD PARK
Escaping the ravages of the last glacier, this tranquil valley retains ancient geologic features. Located just southwest of the Johnstown moraine, it is one of Dane County's most scenic areas.

The 110 foot Donald Rock is a rare remnant of St. Peter sandstone. The rugged oak savanna terrain with spring fed streams was home to Woodland Indians and in more recent times the Ho-Chunk.

Yankee settlers acquired government land in the 1840s, followed by immigrants from Norway, Scotland and Germany.

The William Sweet and Reverend James Donald families arrived in the mid-1850s and established farms that have carried the family name for six generations. The family of Delma Donald Woodburn, a descendant, donated the land that initiated the creation of Dane County's Donald Park.
The marker is located at a highway turnout on southbound Sutter Drive, just south of its intersection with Wisconsin Highway 92, Mr. Horeb, Wisconsin 53572.

Friends of Donald Park, Inc.

The marker is No. 36 in the Dane County Historical Society Markers Series.



 The corn fields to the south . . .


 Looking north on Sutter Drive at the intersection with Highway 92.


 A nearby Donald Family Farm barn.

The entrance to Donald Park is about a half mile east of the marker location.

 Pop's Knoll at Donald County Park.






 Donald Park is located southeast of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.

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