State nickname: Badger State|
State motto: "Forward"
- % water
Ranked 23rd |
- Total (2000)
|Admittance into Union
May 29, 1848
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
42°30'N to 47°3'N|
86°49'W to 92°54'W
420 km |
Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state of the United States, (54,314 square miles) and 18th greatest population (5,363,675 as of 2000). The state's name is an English version of a French adaptation of an Indian name said to mean "the place where we live."
Wisconsin's natural beauty has made the state a favorite playground of the nation. Vacationers enjoy the state's clean lakes, rolling hills, quiet valleys, deep forests and cool, pine-scented breezes. The winters are ideal for skating, skiing, snowmobiling and tobogganing. Many communities stage curling matches during the winter and others hold snowmobile derbies. Many annual events celebrate the state's rich ethnic heritage and diversity.
USS Wisconsin was named in honor of this state.
Main Article: History of Wisconsin[?]
In 1634, Frenchman Jean Nicolet became Wisconsin's first European explorer. The French controlled the area until 1763, when it was ceded to the British. In 1848, Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th state.
It is bordered by Lake Superior and Michigan to the north, by Lake Michigan to the east, by Illinois to the south, and by Iowa and Minnesota to the west. Part of the state's boundaries includes the Mississippi River and St. Croix River.
The following are major cities in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin's minor cities include:
|State Flower:||Wood Violet|
|State Song:||"On Wisconsin"|
|State Tree:||Sugar Maple|
|State Mineral:||Galena (Lead sulphide)|
|State Rock:||Red Granite|
|State Soil:||Antigo Silt Loam[?]|