Google goofs name of UWM’s Downer Woods, location of Lake Park

Hard to believe, but Google Maps has the wrong name for the little patch of woods here on the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus. They are the Downer Woods, named in honor of Jason Downer (1813 – 1883). Mr. Downer moved to Milwaukee to work as an editor at the Milwaukee Sentinel for $8.00 a day. His time there was limited. According to the Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph, the newspaper business “did not suit him, and he did not suit the business.”

Some time after leaving editorship, Mr. Downer became a judge, and served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Downer was also “a strong advocate of educational opportunities for women,” and upon his death in 1883, he left the Wisconsin Female College a sizable fortune of $80,000. This put the college on a much firmer footing, financially speaking.

Anyway, the woods is called Downer Woods, not “Donner Woods” as Google shows it to be.

They also called Veterans Park “Juneau Park” and “Lake Park.” But Lake Park is over here, not on the lakefront. Surely the millions of teabaggers couldn’t have been in the wrong place, could they?!

But seriously. How do we tell Google to correct itself?


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.