Interesting Facts About Wisconsin



Wisconsin is the 30th US state to join the Union on May 29, 1848, after its previous status as the Wisconsin Territory. Situated among the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan and Lake Superior), Wisconsin is the leading producer of dairy products in the US, leading it to be called “America’s Dairyland.” The state capital is Madison and its largest city is Milwaukee.

There are more interesting things about the “Badger State” that they probably never taught you at school! Be informed and entertained by sticking around here in this gallery!

The muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), a rather uncommon type of freshwater fish with an elongated body, was declared by Wisconsin as its official state fish in 1955.

American robin

Wisconsin named the American robin (Turdus migratorius) as the official state bird in 1949.

The Eagle River is a city in northern Wisconsin, with population standing at 1,373 (2012 estimate). The city is a popular retirement destination and a tourist spot as well, due to the fact that it is has many lakes that surround the Eagle River. The city is dubbed as the “Snowmobile Capital of the World” because it is the home of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby for over half a century.

sugar maple tree

The sugar maple is one Wisconsin’s major agricultural products. Little wonder that the sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) has been the official state tree since 1949.

Established in 1882, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The museum features over 35,000 works of art, the popular among them are the paintings of American artist Georgia O’Keefe (who was born in Wisconsin), works of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Andy Warhol as well as some works by famous European artists such as those by Rodin, Degas, Picasso and Monet.

Inventors Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule from Milwaukee, Wisconsin developed the first successful commercial typewriter in 1867 (or 1868). This very typewriter was also the first prototype to include the famous QWERTY keyboard.

The US Bank Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a skyscraper whose construction was completed in September 1973. Rising 601 feet from the ground, it is the tallest commercial structure in the whole of Wisconsin. The 42-floor building served as the headquarters for the present Firstar Corporation from 1973 to 2001.

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was declared by Wisconsin as its official state wild mammal in 1957.

wood violet

Wisconsin named the wood violet (Viola papilionacea) as the official state flower in 1909.

The American badger (Taxidea taxus) was designated by Wisconsin as the official state land mammal in 1957.

Silage refers to fermented, high-moisture fodder which is conserved by farmers usually during the summer months when the grass is plenty and not needed for grazing. In Wisconsin, corn is grown for grain as well as silage for livestock feed. In 2012 the state harvested 14.2 million bushels for silage.

Agriculture is one of Wisconsin’s biggest economy builders, particularly the dairy farming sector. Wisconsin comes third in milk production, and first in national cheese production. In 2012 the state rolled out almost 2.8 billion pounds of cheese.

The flag of Wisconsin has been existing since 1866, but the design has changed over many decades. Originally flown for battlefield use, it wasn’t until in 1913 when the state law required the specified design for the flag. It was officially adopted in 1981.

The city of Wausau, located in Marathon County in northwest Wisconsin, accounts for approximately 95% of the American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in the US.

Green Bay (population, 2013: 104,779) is a city and county seat of Brown County, Wisconsin. It is the oldest city in Wisconsin, having been founded during the 1600’s. Being located in Green Bay, the arm of Lake Michigan, the city’s elevation rises 581 feet above sea level.

Western honey bee

Wisconsin named the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) as the state insect in 1977.


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