Wisconsin History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Badger State

Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin

Adoptedin 1851.

The Great Seal of the state of Wisconsin was adopted in 1851.

Wisconsin has seen a multitude of seals that have been used from territorial times through to the present. Even after Wisconsin gained statehood in 1848, one of the last territorial seals was still in use. In fact, the first state seal that Wisconsin used was simply the last territorial seal that had been modified to say "State of Wisconsin" rather than "Territory of Wisconsin", and carried the date of statehood, "May 29th, 1848", rather than the date on the territorial seal, "Fourth of July, 1836"

The Wisconsin region was first explored for France by Jean Nicolet, who landed at Green Bay in 1634. In 1660 a French trading post and Roman Catholic mission were established near present-day Ashland.

Great Britain obtained the region in settlement of the French and Indian Wars in 1763; the U.S. acquired it in 1783 after the Revolutionary War.

However, Great Britain retained actual control until after the War of 1812. The region was successively governed as part of the territories of Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan between 1800 and 1836, when it became a separate territory.

Capital City: Madison

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Amtrak: Midwest

Area: 65503 sq.mi, 23rd   Land 54314 sq. mi., 25th   Water 11190 sq.mi., 4th   Great Lakes 9,355 sq.mi., 2nd

Area Codes: Wisconsin

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Bird:  American Robin

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Climate: Wisconsin

Community Pages: Wisconsin Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 30th State

Counties: Wisconsin

County Profile: County Map   72 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Wisconsin News Headlines

Department of: EducationLicensing | of Wisconsin System | University of Wisconsin - Madison, founded in 1848.

Driving: DMV

Economy: Agriculture: cheese, dairy products, cattle, hogs, vegetables, corn, cranberries.  Industry: Machinery, food processing, paper products, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, tourism.

Flag: Wisconsin (WI)

Flower: Wood Violet   Viola papilionacea .

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Geology Maps: Wisconsin

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Timms Hill; 1,951 feet, 39th

Highways: Wisconsin Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical

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Kids Corner: Wisconsin Kids Site

Library: Wisconsin

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Lottery: Wisconsin

Lowest Point: Shore of Lake Michigan; 581 feet, 41st


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Motto: Forward

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Wisconsin name based on an Indian word "Ouisconsin" believed to mean "grassy place" in the Cheppewa tongue

National Forest: Wisconsin

Population: Quick facts   5,363,675; 18th, 12/00

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Soil: Wisconsin - Antigo

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Tree: Sugar Maple   Acer saccharum  

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