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Key Facts

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Wisconsin State Facts

Population (1994): 5,082,000 (17th in size)

State size: 56,153 square miles (26th in size)

State Capital: Madison (named after James Madison)

Major cities: Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine

Admission to union: The 30th State

Date entered the union: May 29, 1848

Origin of state name: Named from the Indian word "wishkonsing" meaning "place of the beaver".

Nicknames: The Badger State

Bordering states: Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa

State bird: Robin

State flower: Violet

State tree: Sugar Maple

Motto: Forward


Geographic Landmarks

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building.  


Points of Interest

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Wisconsin has many popular fishing areas.  


Major Industries

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Primary industries include dairy products and manufactured goods such as electrical equipment and machinery.  


Historical Highlights

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Wisconsin was first settled by the French, then the British. The U.S. took over the area in 1783.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Wisconsin

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Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin State Flag


Wisconsin State Government home page

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