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The state of Wisconsin was named after the Wisconsin River. The word Wisconsin originates from the Miami Indian word Meskonsing, meaning "it lies red," a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the reddish sandstone of the Wisconsin Dells
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Belmont was the first capital of the Wisconsin Territory. The capital moved to Madison in 1838. When Wisconsin became a state in 1848, Madison remained the capital.


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Wisconsin earned the nickname “Badger State” because early lead miners in southwest Wisconsin used to dig a hole in the side of a hill and live underground, much like a badger.
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Alvan Bovay convened a meeting at a schoolhouse in Ripon to create a new political party that would defend against the expansion of slavery. It was during this meeting, on March 20, 1854, that the Republican Party was born.
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For years, Wisconsin led the nation in the production of dairy products, thus earning the name “America’s Dairyland.” In recent years, Wisconsin was surpassed by California in the number of dairy cows, milk production and butter production. Wisconsin, however, continues to lead the nation in the production of cheese. Wisconsin is the largest cheese producing state in the United States. It produced about 3 billion pounds of cheese in 2014 in about 600 varieties. It is also second-largest milk producing state in the nation (only California produces more milk than Wisconsin)
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Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer, was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903 by William Harley, Arthur Davidson, Walter Davidson and William Davidson

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Golda Meir moved to Milwaukee from the Ukraine as a child in 1906. She taught school in Milwaukee before settling in Israel. She served as the prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974.
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The Ringling Brothers (Al, Otto, Alf, Charles and John) gave their first circus show performance in Baraboo in 1884. Their name was to soon become synonymous with the word circus.
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Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary home is in Spring Green, Wisconsin
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The statue of Greek goddess Athena at the highest point of the Wisconsin’s State Capitol building is officially named “Wisconsin” but has also been nicknamed the “Golden Lady”. The statue’s outstretched right arm is said to symbolize the state motto, “Forward”.
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Wisconsin has 16,692 named lakes. The state is also blessed with 7,446 streams and rivers. End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles.
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In 1868, a few folks from Milwaukee, Wisconsin created the first commercially successful typewriter. Newspaper editor and printer, Christopher Latham Sholes, came up with the Q-W-E-R-T-Y keyboard layout. Sholes placed the letters in a such a way that our fingers could alternate, jams could be prevented and there was more room to help you type faster. They called their first commercial typewriter 'Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer'adding the term ‘typewriter’ to English vocabulary
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The first American Kindergarten, called “Karlshuegel,” meaning Carl’s Hill, was started by Margarethe Schurz, wife of famous German-American statesman, Carl Schurz, in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856. Mrs. Schurz learned the principles of kindergarten from Friedrich Froebel of Germany who created it.
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The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 crane species, including endangered Whooping Cranes.
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Door County has more shoreline than any other county in the contiguous United States (298 miles) The county also has five state parks, more than any other county in the contiguous United States.
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The fictional city Willows, Wisconsin is the hometown of famous doll Barbie (Barbara "Barbie" Millicent Roberts) Barbie went to Willows High School in Willows, Wisconsin
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The first-ever ice cream sundae was served (on a Sunday) in 1881 at Edward C. Berner's soda fountain in Two Rivers, and it only cost a nickel.
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Noah's Ark Family Park Inc. is the largest water park in the United States. It features 51 water slides, among other attractions. The park is located in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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The House on the Rock was designed and built in the early 1940s. It is considered an architectural 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.
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The first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built on the Fox River in Appleton in 1882. The plant, built by the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, generated 12.5 kilowatts of electricity to power two paper mills and a home.
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Wisconsin snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed and groomed snow highways.
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Seymour, Wisconsin is home to the Hamburger hall of fame
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With an average of 2,500 performers, Milwaukee's Summerfest is the nation's largest music festival.
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Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), named after United States Army Air Service General Billy Mitchell, is the busiest airport in Wisconsin.