Today's image is titled Camp Randall Arch and was photographed by Kelly Hafermann.
This photo shows West Dayton Street on the UW-Madison campus as seen through the keyhole of the landmark arch at the west entrance to Camp Randall. Before serving as the home of the Wisconsin football stadium, this parcel of land was once a fairground located well beyond the southwestern edge of the city and was subsequently converted into a training installation and prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War.
Some 70,000 soldiers entered Camp Randall via its Dayton Street entrance over the course of the war. The Camp Randall Memorial Arch was officially dedicated on June 19, 1912 at a gathering of veterans of the Union Army as a memorial to the facility, which would be permanently converted five years later with the construction of the football stadium. More information about the early days of the camp are available from the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Electronic Reader, and the Second Wisconsin Regiment.
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