wi facts

We decided to send our actual postcards with the link to our blog where we could share some fun facts about our state easily (no hand cramps this way). Welcome to all the postcard swap participants! And local readers should feel free to add any of your own favorite Wisconsin facts in the comments too.

State Nicknames: The Badger State & America's Dairyland
State Animal: Badger
State Beverage: Milk
State Bird: Robin
State Capital: Madison
State Fish: Muskellunge
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Dance: Polka

Wisconsin Firsts:
The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.
The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856.
The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884.

Wisconsin Fun:
-Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-themed park.
-Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
-Two Rivers is the home of the ice cream sundae.
-The original Barbie (a doll manufactured my Mattel, Inc.) is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
-Milwaukee's Summerfest is the nation's largest music festival.
-The EAA Fly-In brings 12,000 planes to Oshkosh each year, making it the busiest airport in the world.
-Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Other Wisconsin companies are: Miller Brewery, SC Johnson, Jelly Belly, Kohl's, GE Medical, Oscar Mayer, Masterlock and Mercury Marine.
-The highest temperature ever recorded in the state was in the Wisconsin Dells, on July 13, 1936, at 114 °F. The lowest temperature ever recorded was in Couderay, where it reached –55 °F on both February 2 & 4, 1996.

Famous Wisconsinites:
Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the USA
Willem Defoe, Actor
Chris Farley, Comedian & Actor
Eric Heiden, Olympian
Kevin Henkes, Author & Illustrator
Harry Houdini, Magician
Matt Kenseth, NASCAR driver
Aldo Leopold, Ecologist
Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister
Georgia O'Keefe, Artist
Les Paul, Musician & Inventor
Tony Romo, Football Player
Bud Selig, Baseball Commissioner
George Tillman, Jr., Director
Orson Welles, Director
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writer
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
Leslie said...

Milwaukee is also home to the world's largest 4 sided clock -- the Allen Bradley Clock tower!

Leslie said...

Oh, and don't forget -- one of our nation's political parties was born in Wisconsin. The Republican party began in Ripon, WI. {Or maybe you were pretending not to know that fact, as I almost did. ;-) }

I can pronounce Oconomowoc said...

brandy and bubblers, aina eh

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