State Capital Madison
State Size Total (Land + Water): 65,498 sq miles; Land Only: 54,310 sq miles
Number of Counties 72
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Highest Point Timms Hill, 1,951 feet
State Population (2015) 5,771,337
State Population Density 106.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 262, 274, 414, 534, 608, 715, 920
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Milwaukee (594,833)
Green Bay (104,057)
State Animal Badger
State Ballad "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams"
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Robin
State Dance Polka
State Dog American water spaniel
State Domestic Animal Dairy cow
State Fish Muskellunge
State Flower Wood violet
State Fossil Trilobite
State Fruit Cranberry
State Grain Corn
State Insect Honeybee
State Mineral Galena
State Motto Forward
State Nickname Badger State
State Pastry Kringle
State Rock Red granite
State Soil Antigo silt loam
State Song "On, Wisconsin!"
State Symbol of Peace Mourning dove
State Tree Sugar maple
State Wildlife Animal White-tailed deer
•The state of Wisconsin was named after the Wisconsin River. The word Wisconsin originates from the Miami Indian word Meskonsing, meaning "this stream meanders through something red," a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the red sandstone bluffs of the Wisconsin Dells.
•Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer, was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1903 by William Harley, Arthur Davidson, and Walter Davidson.
•The Ringling Brothers (Albert, Otto, Charles and John) gave their first circus show performance in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1884.
•Noah's Ark Family Park is the largest water park in the United States. It features 51 water slides, among other attractions. The park is located in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
•The first hydroelectric plant in the United States began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, on September 30, 1882.
•Seymour, Wisconsin, is home to the Hamburger Hall of Fame.
•The Wisconsin town of Bloomer hosts an annual jump rope competition and is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
•Eagle River, Wisconsin, hosts the annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby and is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.
•In 1919, Stephen J. Poplawski of Racine, Wisconsin, invented the blender.
•Wisconsin is one of two states with an official State Pastry: Kringle.
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