Wisconsin Facts

Wisconsin Facts
The State of Wisconsin is located in the north-central United States. It shares state borders with Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest U.S. state with 65,497.82 square miles. It is the 20th most populated U.S. state with approximately 5,726,398 residents and it is ranked as the 23rd most densely populated state. For thousands of years prior to European exploration and settlement the region was inhabited by various Native tribes. It is believed that a French explorer was the first to visit the region in the 1600s, but the first permanent settlers did not begin living there until the 1700s. Following the American Revolutionary War the U.S. gained possession of Wisconsin Territory and in 1848 Wisconsin became the 30th U.S. state when it joined the Union.
Interesting Wisconsin Facts:
Although its origin is unknown, the name Wisconsin is derived from an Indian word. Some theories suggest it means 'long river', 'grassy place', or 'gathering of the waters'.
Wisconsin's state nickname is the 'Badger State'.
The state motto for Wisconsin is 'Forward'.
Wisconsin's state song is 'On, Wisconsin'.
Wisconsin's state flag, featuring a shield surrounded by a sailor and rope, and axe and miner, was officially adopted in 1913.
Residents of Wisconsin are referred to as Wisconsinites.
Wisconsin's capital city is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee.
Wisconsin's state bird is the robin and the state symbol of peace is the mourning dove.
Wisconsin's state animal is the badger and the state wildlife animal is the white-tailed deer.
The dairy cow is Wisconsin's state domestic animal and the American water spaniel is the state dog.
Wisconsin's state fish is the muskellunge and the state insect is the honey bee.
Wisconsin's state flower is the wood violet and the state tree is the sugar maple.
Major rivers in Wisconsin include the Chippewa River, St. Croix River, Mississippi River and the Wisconsin River.
Major lakes in Wisconsin include Lake Winnebago, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan.
Major agriculture in Wisconsin includes dairy products such as cheese, milk and butter, corn, cranberries, oats, potatoes, carrots, maple syrup, and snap beans.
Major industry in Wisconsin includes tourism, beer, paper, machinery, health care devices and software.
There are 7,446 streams and rivers in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's oldest and most famous state park is Devil's Lake. It was established in 1911.
The first hydro-electric plant in the United States was built at Fox River, Wisconsin in 1882.
IN 1867, the first practical typewriter was invented in Milwaukee.
The Ginseng Capital of the World is Wausau, Wisconsin.
The largest water-themed park in the U.S. is located in Wisconsin Dells, and is called Noah's Ark.
The Dairy Capital of the United States is Wisconsin. It produces more milk than any other U.S. state.
The Jump Rope Capital of the World is Bloomer, Wisconsin.
Baraboo, Wisconsin was host to the first Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884.
The Turkey Capital of Wisconsin is Boscobeel.
In 1854 the Republican Party was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee is host to the largest music festival in the United States = Milwaukee Summerfest. Approximately 2,500 performers play each year.

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