Some Interesting Facts about Wisconsin:

Wisconsin visitors and residents enjoy the state's 7,446 streams and rivers. End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles. That is more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.

Wisconsin's Door County has five state parks and 250 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. These figures represent more than any other county in the country.

In 1878-1879 the Wisconsin legislature approved the creation of a state park in Vilas County. The proposal was not successful and the state ended up selling two-thirds of area land to lumber interest for $8 an acre in 1897.

In 1900 land acquisition for Wisconsin's first state park began. The park became Interstate State Park located in St. Croix Falls.

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Devil's Lake was established in 1911. The facility has become one of Wisconsin's oldest and most famous state parks. It leads the state parks in attendance.

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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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In 1882 the first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built at Fox River.

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The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.

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Wausau is the Ginseng Capital of the World.

The American Birkebeiner, a 52K cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the largest on the North American continent.

Wisconsin snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed and groomed snow highways.

In the 1930s the Flambeau River State Forest was established and became a legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration.

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Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-themed park.

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The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.

Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the United States and produces more milk than any other state.

The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward is shaped like a Muskie.

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The original Barbie is from Willows (a fictional town in Wisconsin). Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.

Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884.

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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.

Boscobeel is the Turkey Capital of the state.

The Republican Party was founded in Ripon in 1854.

With an average of 2,500 performers, Milwaukee's Summerfest is the nation's largest music festival.

Mount Horeb's internationally known Mustard Museum holds the world's largest mustard collection. The museum contains more than 2,300 varieties of mustard. The museum celebrates National Mustard Day each August.

The falls in Niagara has the same geological feature as Niagara Falls, New York.

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Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World. The soft paper fabric (formerly toilet paper had “splinters” in them.....ouch!) was invented by Northern Paper, a precursor to Quilted Northern, in the 1930s.

The term “cheesehead” actually started as a term the German soldiers used to insult the Dutch during World War II. These days, the term is used in a bit more endearing way to describe cheese-lovin’ Wisconsites. The first cheesehead was worn at a Brewers game, not a Packers game, and was a couch cushion with holes burned in the foam and painted yellow.

Wisconsin’s state symbol, the badger, doesn’t refer to the animal but instead to the 1820s lead miners who traveled for work and dug tunnels to sleep in and keep warm, much like a badger.

Minnesota’s official motto may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but Wisconsin is not one to brag. The lake count comes in somewhere over 15,000, but the Wisconsin DNR modestly publishes a listing of 16,692 lakes.

Wisconsin is the only state to offer a Master Cheesemaker program. It takes three years to complete, and you need 10 years of cheese making experience before you can even apply as a candidate.


Some Strange Laws in Wisconsin:

- Wisconsin banned the sale and use of margarine from 1895 to 1967, and while the ban was lifted, some restrictions on margarine remain today. It’s still illegal for a restaurant to serve margarine as a butter substitute unless the customer specifically requests it.
- It’s Illegal Not to Give Livestock the Right-of-Way.
- When Two Trains Meet, Neither Should Proceed Until the Other One Has.
- Businesses May Only Base Their Hours on Central Time.
- It’s a Crime to Harass a Seeing-Eye-Dog in Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin Cheese Must Be “Highly Pleasing.” Cheese Laws are wildly variable and subject to whatever the “state” says!
- You Can’t Force Someone to Have a Microchip Implanted.
- It’s Illegal to Shoot Animals From an Airplane.
- It’s Illegal to Blow Up a Muskrat House.
- It’s Illegal to Sell Colored Chicks, Ducklings or Rabbits.