53 Amazing Wisconsin Facts That Everyone Needs To Know

Nidhi Sahai
Feb 29, 2024 By Nidhi Sahai
Originally Published on Jan 24, 2022
Edited by Lara Simpson
Fact-checked by Vikhaash Sundararaj
Learn amazing Wisconsin facts about this great place!
Age: 3-18
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Wisconsin (also known as Badger state) is a U.S. state in the Midwest bordered by two Great Lakes.

It's also the land of forests and farmland, with dairy production products being the state's most well-known industry. The state offers a wide range of cultural events and activities, fishing and boating, and some of the country's top hiking and biking trails.

Oshkosh, a little town on Lake Winnebago northwest of Milwaukee, is known for two things: first, its popular brand of children's clothes, and second, its important role in the international air show circuit. Every year, the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world's largest gathering of aviators, has been hosted right here since 1970. During the week-long event, the Oshkosh control tower is the busiest on the planet, with about 15,000 planes landing at the airport and over 500,000 guests. These people come to see the exhilarating aerobatic demonstrations and flybys by modern and vintage military aircraft.

Les Paul, a Wisconsinite, is responsible for the popularity of the electric guitar we see today. Paul's experiences and contributions as a guitarist earned him the moniker 'Wizard of Waukesha.' His legacy lives on, particularly in contemporary Gibson Les Paul renditions. More firms have joined the race with Les Paul's copies, which pay respect to the guitar legend's trademark design.'

The Wisconsin Dells has the most number of water parks present in one area. According to recent research, Wisconsin is the sixth greatest state to live in in 2019. The WalletHub analysis analyzed all 50 states across 51 important livability characteristics, including house prices, income growth, and hospital excellence.

Wisconsin: Geographic Location

This state is also known as the Badger State and has a population of more than 7,000,000. The biggest city of this state is Milwaukee, and the state bird and flower are American Robin and Wood violet, respectively. The state symbol is of a Badger. Wisconsin state is bordered by Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Minnesota in the northern area, Lake Michigan in the eastern area, Illinois in the southern part, and Minnesota and Iowa from the western area.

Minnesota is famous by the name of the 'Land of 10,000 lakes', but Wisconsin has even more lakes reaching up to 15,000. These lakes and natural springs were formed in the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago, when the glaciers scraped across the land. This state can be divided into five different geographical areas.

  • The Lake Superior Lowland is present in the northernmost area of Wisconsin. This area is almost a flatland that slopes downwards at the edge of Lake Superior. The Apostle Islands are present off the coast.
  • Northern Wisconsin is home to the Northern Highland, encompassing over a third of the state.
  • The land slopes downward and is densely forested, including lakes and woods and Wisconsin's highest point, Timms Hill.
  • The Central Plain is a fertile U-shaped region that runs from northwest to northeast, descending through the center of the state.
  • It includes the Dells of the Wisconsin River, a glacier-carved sandstone valley, and flattop hills known as buttes and mesas.
  • The Lowlands and Eastern Ridges region of the state is known for its gentle slopes and some of the best farming in the world.
  • Along the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, bluffs and sandy beaches can be found.
  • The Fox River present in this state is among the very few rivers with a north flow stream.
  • Apart from badgers, many other mammals like moose, black bears, white-tailed deer, porcupines, muskrats, and squirrels are also residents of this state.
  • Downy woodpeckers, purple finches, robins, eastern bluebirds, and red-winged blackbirds are some of the common fliers here.
  • The reptiles of Wisconsin include milk snakes (as they live close to the barn and not because they drink milk), common five-lined skinks, and snapping turtles.
  • American bullfrogs, Eastern red-backed salamanders, and mink frogs are the common amphibians here.
  • The state tree of Wisconsin is the Sugar Maple. People love it for the sap, which people use to prepare maple syrup, and the leaves, which turn into red, orange, and yellow colors in the fall season.
  • Here, some native and common trees are the ash black oak, red cedar, and hemlock ash tree.
  • The state has ample land for the growth of Wildflowers, like the fire pink, cut leaf rosinweed, tall bellflower, crimson bee balm, and orange coneflower.
  • The black prairie soil of Wisconsin is exceptionally fertile, and maize is the state's most important crop.
  • Green bean production in the region is also among the best in the country.
  • Another key resource for tourism is the state's dozens of lakes.

The History Of Wisconsin

Wisconsin (the Badger State) is a place where you can find major archeological stuff, like the 14,000 years old Mammoth Bones, human-made tools, and many more, which suggests that people in the past lived in the Western Hemisphere, as has been doubted by scientists. The tribes of native Americans arrived at this place after so many years of the arrival of the mammoth hunters. These groups had Sioux, Dakota, Menominee, Fox, Winnebago, Ojibwe, Sauk (Sauk city), and Potawatomi. Today also, around 11 tribes of native Americans live in Wisconsin.

  • Despite the fact that the first Europeans to arrive in what is now Wisconsin were French, the area was taken over by the British at the end of the India and French war in 1763.
  • After the American Revolution, the territory was legally included in the new country some twenty years later. Despite this, British fur traders maintained control of the region for many years.
  • A lead-mining boom in the 1820s drew a large number of settlers to the area.
  • Native Americans battled to protect their territory, but most fights were over by 1832.
  • Wisconsin Territory was established in 1836, and the state was admitted to the Union in 1848.
  • Just shortly after the end of the civil war, the people of Wisconsin discussed stopping slavery after the civil war, which later resulted in the formation of the Republic Party.
  • This state also helped many enslaved people escape and go to Canada through the Underground Railroad. The Republican Party was formed in 1854.
  • Wisconsin's name could be derived from the Miami word term 'meskonsing,' which means 'it lies red' (referring to Wisconsin river) or 'this creek meanders through something crimson.' It is most likely referring to the state's crimson sandstone.
  • Though badgers are found throughout Wisconsin, the species is not the cause for the state's nickname.
  • 'Badger' was a moniker given to 19th-century miners who dug into Wisconsin's hills to locate lead and then slept inside their caves, much like badgers do to make dens.
  • Kenosha was the site of the discovery of the world's most giant woolly mammoth. Today, the Milwaukee Public Museum maintains a reproduction of this that visitors can view at any time.
  • Wisconsin has no tall physical features. The fact that the state's highest natural point is a hill rather than a mountain tells a lot about it.
  • Timm's Hill stands 1,951 ft (594.66 m) tall. Wisconsin doesn't have many jagged peaks because its land is largely glaciated.
  • Wisconsin is unquestionably America's dairy state. It is the leading cheese producer in the United States and comes second in terms of milk production.
  • Wisconsin milk accounts for 90% of all milk utilized in cheese production.
  • Wisconsin has the most dairy cattle by a square kilometer of any state.
  • Interestingly, Wisconsin is now the only state in the United States that offers a Master Cheese Maker program.
  • Wisconsin cows are used to prepare cheese.
  • Madison was initially not the state's first capital. Belmont, on the other hand, was the original. It was formed in 1836 when Wisconsin was still a territory rather than a state.
Rich history and geography facts of Wisconsin, the badger state.

Famous Tourist Spots In Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a great state to visit if you're looking for some beautiful scenery and interesting tourist spots. Visit the Wisconsin River or one of the Great Lakes, find a shady spot, and enjoy an ice cream sundae in 'America's dairyland.'

  • Some of the most famous places in Wisconsin are the Apostle Islands, Devil's Lake State Park, and Horicon Marsh. These locations offer everything from stunning views to plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.
  • Be sure to add at least one of these spots to your list of destinations when planning your next trip to Wisconsin!
  • If you're looking for something a little more urban, Milwaukee is a great option.
  • This city has tons of history and culture to offer visitors, as well as plenty of restaurants and nightlife options.
  • Milwaukee also offers some great sightseeing opportunities, such as the Harley-Davidson Museum, baseball stadium, and the Art Museum of Milwaukee County.
  • Bloomer is called the Jump Rope capital. There are many fabulous beaches by Lake Michigan.
  • These museums are perfect for visitors who want to learn more about Wisconsin's history and culture.
  • Some of the most popular tourist spots in Wisconsin are:

Apostle Islands

Devil's Lake State Park

Horicon Marsh

Milwaukee (hosts the largest music festival)

Brewery Tours

Hiking Trails

Camping Grounds

Fishing Lakes and Rivers

  • Each of these destinations offers a unique experience that is quintessentially Wisconsin. Make sure to add at least one of them to your travel itinerary!
  • Finally, don't forget about Wisconsin's great outdoors. The state is home to some of the most beautiful forests and parks in the country, perfect for hiking, camping, and fishing.
  • Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or an action-packed vacation, Wisconsin has something for everyone.
  • The famous painter Georgia O'Keeffe, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, author Laura Ingalls Wilder, and race car driver Danica Patrick all are Wisconsin-born legends.
  • Wisconsin's bigger prairie fowl was nearly extinct until it was discovered inside the Buena Vista Grasslands in the state's middle.
  • Wisconsin is known for its cheese, so much so that it has its own museum dedicated to it! The National Historic Cheesemaking Center makes a 90 lb (40.82 kg) wheel of Swiss cheese on the second Saturday in June.
  • The Milwaukee Public Museum gives people an experience of the history of Milwaukee, which was a European village and also an ancient Mediterranean civilization. This museum has the world's most enormous skull of a dinosaur.
  • Visitors can also see the recreation of Laura Ingallls's house in Pepin, Wisconsin.
  • Green Bay is also called the 'Toilet Paper Capital.'
  • There is 26,767 mi (43077.31 km) of rivers and streams in Wisconsin. That's enough to go around the world and back, and there's still enough leftover!
  • Buildings constructed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Wisconsin native, are among Wisconsin's most visited attractions.
  • Taliesin East, a property in Spring Green set amid 600 ac (242.81 ha) of gorgeous farmland, is the favorite.
  • 'America's Dairyland' is another nickname for Wisconsin. The state is the leading cheese producer in the United States (and the second producer of milk).
  • Cheese is made from 90% of the milk produced by Wisconsin cows. The state boasts the highest density of dairy cattle in every square mile of any state.
  • Here, the Eagle River is also called the 'Snowmobile Capital of the world.'

What is Wisconsin famous for?

Wisconsin is famous for its dairy products, including cheese and milk. Therefore, it's no wonder it is also famous for serving the first ice cream sundae. The state also has a strong brewing tradition, with several major breweries based there. Wisconsin is also known for its cranberries, which are grown in the central part of the state. Finally, Wisconsin is home to some of the best-known tourist destinations in the country, including Door County and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

  • If you're looking for a great place to explore America's Dairyland, be sure to check out some of these amazing attractions.
  • Cheese factories like Emmi Roth USA in Monroe or Chalet Landhaus Cheese near Green Bay.
  • Ice cream shops like Madison's Bruster's Real Ice Cream or Cedarburg's Moozie's Dairy Store.
  • Breweries like Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee or New Glarus Brewing Company, which is based in New Glarus.
  • Cranberry bogs like the Sunrise Cranberry Co. in Warrens.
  • Tourist spots like Door County and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
  • Wisconsin is a great place to visit year-round, but the fall colors are especially beautiful. Be sure to check out some of these amazing scenic drives.
  • The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River from Wisconsin all the way down to Louisiana.
  • The North Country Scenic Drive takes you through forests and lakes in the northern part of the state.
  • The Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through parts of Wisconsin that were once covered in glaciers.
  • In 1881, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the first ice cream sundae was served. After all, it was a Sunday, and ice cream was only five cents!
  • The Wisconsin Dells offers the world's most water parks in one location. There are approximately three outdoor water parks and eight indoor, totaling over 200 slides and 16 million gals (2.72 billion l) of water.
  • Marathon County is responsible for producing almost all of the ginseng in the U.S.
  • The Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells is the country's largest water park.
  • Famous people like Mark Ruffalo, Willem Defoe, and Harry Houdini, among others, were born in Wisconsin.

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Written by Nidhi Sahai

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

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Nidhi SahaiBachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Dedicated and experienced, Nidhi is a professional content writer with a strong reputation for delivering high-quality work. She has contributed her expertise to esteemed organizations, including Network 18 Media and Investment Ltd. Driven by her insatiable curiosity and love for journalism and mass communication, Nidhi pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, graduating with distinction in 2021. During her college years, she discovered her passion for Video Journalism, showcasing her skills as a videographer for her institution. Nidhi's commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond her professional pursuits. Actively engaging in volunteer work, she has contributed to various events and initiatives throughout her academic career.

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