Since 1848, a ferry has shuttled Rte 113 traffic across the river. In the early days, passengers were charged five cents, horses cost 25 cents each, and a team of oxen was 75 cents. The State of Wisconsin took over the ferry in 1933 and the ferry has been free to people and cars every since, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week from April 15 to November 30.
The Merrimac to Okee ferry crossing
I am always reminded of and impressed by how much more recycling occurs in the Midwest than back home in New England. At the ferry landing, this small village has a row of recycling bins for aluminum, brown glass, green glass, clear glass, plastic, and tin, along with two trash bins and free public rest rooms.
The ceiling of the rotunda
The Supreme Court
And my favorite sculpture -- the Wisconsin badger!
By now it was lunchtime and after a bit of driving to and fro we found Olin Park on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison. We enjoyed a picnic lunch under a huge burr oak tree.