Welcome to the Only Waunakee In The World

Waunakee


The first town is Waunakee (pop. 8,995). the “only Waunankee in the world”, as they like to point out. It was founded as Leicester in 1870; the following year, two early settlers persuaded the St. Paul Railroad, via cash and land, to relocate through their property instead of the original intended location two miles north. A post office and other buildings sprouted up, and the village incorporated as Waunakee (one Native American meaning: “the fair and pleasant valley”) in 1893. For about three miles, Highway 113 joins with 19 before heading south to Madison. Highway 19, meanwhile, continues east and meets up with a fast-growing crossroads on the south end of Windsor, crossing both I-39/90/94 and U.S. Highway 51 within a mile of each other.