What are some fun facts about Wisconsin?


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Wisconsin is America's 30th state, as it was granted statehood on May 29, 1848. The state is known as the Badger State. The sugar maple is Wisconsin's state tree, and the robin is the official state bird.

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The term "Cheeseheads" comes from Wisconsin's production of cheddar cheese. The state is American's largest milk producer as well. The first dairy school, formed in 1890, is the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus.

Wausau is known as the Ginseng Capital of the World. Milwaukee hosts the annual 11-day Summerfest, which is known as the "World's Largest Music Festival." Milwaukee is the city where the first typewriter was designed in 1867.

There are 7,446 rivers and streams in Wisconsin. The state has 15,210 miles of signed and groomed snow highways on its snowmobile trails. Wisconsin has 50 parks in its state park system.

U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, illusionist Harry Houdini and architect Frank Lloyd Wright were among Wisconsin's famous residents. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist also lived in Wisconsin. The Republican Party was created in 1854 by Wisconsin residents who were opposed to the federal expansion of slavery. The state elected the first Socialist member of Congress in 1911.

The Ringling Brothers Circus had its first performance in 1884 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Sheboygan is known as the Bratwurst Capital of the World.

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