Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Wisconsin
Wisconsin, our 30th state, was admitted to the Union May 29, 1848. The 2000 census has Wisconsin's population at 5,363,675, ranking 18th in the US. With a total area of 65,498 square miles, the state ranks 23rd in size. Madison is Wisconsin's capital; Milwaukee is its largest city.
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Wisconsin State Bird: Robin
Wisconsin State Flower: Wood violet
Wisconsin State Motto: Forward
Wisconsin State Song: On, Wisconsin!
Wisconsin State Tree: Sugar maple
Nickname: Badger State
The geographic center of Wisconsin lies in Wood County, nine miles SE of Marshfield. At1,951 feet, Timms Hill, between Ogema and Spirit in Price County, is the state's highest point. Wisconsin is an Indian name, spelled Ouisconsin and Mesconsing by early chroniclers. The term is believed to mean "grassy place" in Chippewa. Congress made it Wisconsin.
Brief History: Ojibwa, Menominee, Winnebago, Kickapoo, Sauk, Fox, and Potawatomi peoples were among the state's earliest inhabitants. The first European to see the Wisconsin area was Jean Nicolet, who arrived in Green Bay in 1634. Nicolet was followed by French missionaries and fur traders. The region was taken over by the British in 1763. The US won the land in the American Revolution, but the British remained in the area until they were ousted in the War of 1812. Lead miners arrived soon afterward, then farmers. The US established a fort at Prairie du Chien on Wisconsin's border with Iowa in 1816. Native Americans in the area rebelled against the seizure of their tribal lands in the Black Hawk War of 1832, but treaties spanning the years 1839-1848 eventually transferred all land titles in Wisconsin to the US government. Railroads arrived in 1851, serving wheat growers and iron mines. Some 96,000 Wisconsin soldiers served the Union in the Civil War.
Wisconsin is home to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Other Badger State attractions include the Old Wade House and Carriage Museum in Greenbush; Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien; Circus World Museum, Baraboo; Wisconsin Dells; Old World Wisconsin, Eagle; Door County peninsula; Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests; Lake Winnebago; House on the Rock, Dodgeville; Monona Terrace, Madison; and National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward