Wisconsin

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Abbreviation WI
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Madison
Population 5,686,986
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Scott Walker (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union May 29, 1848
as the 30th state
Motto Forward
Nickname The Badger State
Flower Wood violet
Bird Robin
Song On Wisconsin
Professional Sports Teams Milwaukee Brewers (Baseball); Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball); Green Bay Packers (Football)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From a Native American word for the principal river of the region, which French explorers spelled Miscous, Miskonsing, Mesconsin, and then finally Ouisconsin. It means "gathering of the waters."
Historical Sites The Circus World Museum at Baraboo
Points of Interest The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; Ice Age National Scientific Reserve; the Wolf, St. Croix, and Lower St. Croix national scenic riverways; and the Wisconsin Dells
Bordering States Wisconsin borders Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.
Flag Wisconsin's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Wisconsin from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Wisconsin
    http://www.50states.com/wisconsi.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Wisconsin. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Wisconsin
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/WI/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Wisconsin's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Wisconsin Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/wi
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Circus World Museum: America's Circus Museum
    http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org/
    This is the website for the historical circus museum, a National Historic landmark located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and built at the site of the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Wisconsin
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/55000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Wisconsin.
  • Along with the better known state symbols, Wisconsin also has official wild and domestic animals: White-tailed deer and Dairy cow; official beverage: milk; and an official dog: the American water spaniel.
  • Wisconsin ranks number one in # of milk cows (1,500,000) and produces over 15% of the entire country's milk.
  • Wisconsin has over 14,000 lakes, with Lake Winnebago the largest. It also has 7,446 streams and rivers, which if you stuck them end to end they'd stretch nearly 27,000 miles--enough to circle the whole planet.
  • Milwaukee's Summerfest is the nation's largest music festival, with over 2,500 performers.
  • Wisconsin is known as the Badger State after the living habits of early miners in the region who either lived in mine shafts or dug their homes out of the sides of hills--just like Badgers do.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Harry Houdini, famous magician and escape artist.
  • Douglas MacArthur, well-known WWII and Korean war general.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect.
  • Wiliam H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • U.S. Don Ameche, actor who won an Academy Award for his performance in Cocoon.