Wisconsin Facts




Motto: "Forward"
Capital: Madison
Statehood: May 29, 1848
Song: "On, Wisconsin!"
Oldest City: Green Bay
Dance: Polka

Mineral: Galena (lead)
Rock: Red Granite
Soil: Antigo Silt Loam
Fossil: Trilobite Calymene Celebra
Grain: Corn
Beverage: Milk

Tree: Sugar Maple
Flower: Wood Violet
Insect: Honey Bee
Fish: Muskellunge (Musky)
Symbol of Peace: Mourning Dove
Bird: American Robin
Animal: Badger
Wild-Life Animal: White-tailed deer
Domestic Animal: Dairy Cow


  • American's Dairyland (Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the U.S. and it produces more milk than any other state)

  • The Badger State (This refers nothing to the animal but rather, to the miners who burrowed like badgers into the hillsides in search of lead in the 1820's.)

Origins of the name "Wisconsin" vary:

  • The state is named for the Wisconsin River, the name of whih is derived from the French version of an Ojibwa Indian term that may mean "the gathering of the waters" or "place of the beaver."

  • The name "Wisconsin" is based on an Indian word "Ouisconsin," believed to mean "grassy place" in the Cheppewa tongue.

Wisconsin has 7,446 streams and rivers.

The first practial typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.

Two Rivers is the home of the ice cream sundae.

In 1882, the first hydroelectric plant in the U.S. was built on the Fox River.

The sale of livestock and livestock products accounts for about 70% of the value of Wisconsin's annual farm production.

Wisconsin's leading crops are corn, hay, pototoes, and soybeans.

Wisconsin was first inhibited by varied Indian tribes in the 17th century. They included the Algonquian-speaking Menominee, Kickapoo, Miami, the Siouan-speaking Winnebago, Dakota (or Sioux) and Iowa. In the mid-1600's other groups entered Wisconsin, including the Fox, Sac, Potawatomi and Ojibewa (Chippewa).

Jean Nicolet, a native of France, was Wisconsin's first explorer. He discovered Wisconsin while searching for the Northwest Passage to China in 1634. The French ended up losing possession of Wisconsin (along with its other territories east of the Mississippi) to Great Britain during the French and Indian War.

The first group of American settlers in Wisconsin came in the 1820's as a result of a lead mining boom in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin.

The movement of white settlers into Wisconsin caused intense conflict when the federal government and settlers attempted to move Native Americans from their lands. Federal policies included uprooting entire tribes and forcing them to resettle west of the Mississippi.

The American water spaniel was chosen as the state dog because it is one of only five dog breeds native to the United States and the only one native to Wisconsin.

In 1976 Wisconsin was ranked fifth in the nation for the most honey produced, and produced about twelve million tons!

Wisconsin is the world's leading producer of American Ginseng.

The mourning dove was adopted as the state symbol of peace by individuals and organizations concerned with the fact that the mourning dove has long been the most popular game bird in North America (now only legal in 38 states, as well as Canada and Mexico). The debate regarding this issue lasted over a decade and in 1971 the mourning dove was finally removed from the game bird listing.

In 1957, people campaigned for the adoption of the badger as the state animal, but residents of northern Wisconsin disagreed. They introduced a legislation to adopt the white-tailed deer because they were abundant in northern Wisconsin, were large and attractive, and had great economic value. In order to please both sides, the legislature decided to use both the badger and the white-tailed deer as state animals.

Famous Wisconsinites include: Harry Houdini (magician and escape artist), Frank Lloyd Wright (America's most famous architect), Douglas MacArthur (WWII and Korean War General), and William H. Rehnquist (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court).


IHL Team: Milwaukee Admirals
College Sports: Wisconsin State Badgers
Major League Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers
NBA Team: Milwaukee Bucks
NFL Team: Green Bay Packers
CBA Team: La Crosse Bobcats
Indoor Football Team: La Crosse River Rats

Wisconsin Attractions

Wisconsin Department Of Tourism

Wisconsin Attractions & Activities
Be sure to check out their list of "Quirky Places."

Wisconsin Travel
Tons of great links and information.

Welcome To The Dells
Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-theme park.

The House On The Rock
This place was designed and built in the early 1940's. It's considered an architectual marvel and is perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. The 14-room house is now a complex of rooms, streets, buildings, and gardens covering over 200 acres. The Infinity Room contains 3, 264 windows. The House On The Rock is also home to the world's tallest Carousel.

La Crosse County Links

La Crosse Visitor's Guide
La Crosse Queen Paddleboat Cruises
A Look At La Crosse, WI
La Crosse History
La Crosse Skyrockers
Guillin's IGA
The La Crosse Tribune
News Channel 8



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