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Wisconsin is home to over 1.26 million dairy cows and produces more cheese than anywhere else in the country. Miles of green rolling hills make the perfect grazing land for these bovine.

Fun Facts

  • Scientists discovered a mammoth bone with knife marks on it dating back to 14,500 years ago. This means that humans arrived earlier than previously thought.
  • In addition to dairy products, Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, which grow in bogs left by melting ice-age glaciers. Farmers produce corn, soybeans, poultry, and eggs.
  • Northern Wisconsin is heavily forested. Timber from this area is used to make paper.
  • Jean Nicolet, a French explorer, was the first European to arrive in Wisconsin in 1634. Early settlers enjoyed peaceful relationships with native tribes, but this peace did not last as more Europeans arrived.
  • During the 1820s, lead miners made homes for themselves by burrowing into the hillsides near the mines. They were called “Badgers,” and Wisconsin is sometimes known as “The Badger State.”
  • Wisconsin is bordered by Lake Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Lake Superior, and Michigan. The state has warm, humid summers and some of the coldest winters in the country.
  • Before the Civil War, concerned citizens met to discuss how to end slavery. These discussions led to the forming of the Republican Party. Wisconsin was an important stop on the Underground Railroad, often the last stop before runaway slaves entered Canada.


Wisconsin Quick Stats

Population: 5,686,986

Capital: Madison (population, 233, 209)

Largest city: Milwaukee (population, 594,833)

State bird: robin

State flower: wood violet

Questions and Answers

Question: What are cheese curds and why are they loved in Wisconsin?

Answer: Cheese curds are a by-product of cheesemaking. They’re small, salty, and delicious, and they squeak when you eat them. What’s not to love about that? Wisconsin, with all its dairies, is known for its cheese. The National Historic Cheesemaking Center creates a 90 pound wheel of cheese every June.


Learn More

Watch a short video to learn more about Wisconsin.



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