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Madison: Vilas Park


Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Vilas Park and Henry Vilas Zoo is located on land donated in 1903 by William and Anna Vilas. It was one of the only accredited zoo’s to offer free admission, as stipulated by the Vilas when they donated the land 100 years ago.

Notes (accessed 18 June 2012)


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Zoos; parks; urban parks; aerial; Lake Wingra; Vilas Park;