1. A midwestern state in north central United States; Also called: Badger State.
2. A tributary of the Mississippi River; Also called: Wisconsin River.
State in N central US; nicknamed Badger State
area 145,500 sq km/56,163 sq mi
cities Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine
features Lakes Superior and Michigan, with Apostles Islands national lakeshore; Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers; Door Peninsula, with cherry trees; Wisconsin Dells; Milwaukee, with the Milwaukee Art Museum, Kilbourntown House (1844), Iron Block Building (1860s), the Pabst Mansion (1893), Mitchell Park Conservatory, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1961, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), and the Allen-Bradley Company clock (the largest four-faced clock in the world); Prairie du Chien (1673), including the Villa Louis Mansion (1870) with a fine collection of Victorian decorative arts; Old World Wisconsin, restored buildings depicting 19th- and 20th-century Wisconsin, in Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest; Spring Green, with Taliesin, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the school of architecture started by him; Kohler, a planned village surrounding the factories of the plumbing fixtures manufacturer Kohler Company, including the Kohler Design Center and Waelderhaus (John M Kohler’s home); House on the Rock
, overlooking the Wyoming Valley, a re-creation of historic village streets (begun in the 1940s); Circus World Museum, Baraboo (where the Ringling Brothers Circus spent the winters); University of Wisconsin (1849), including the Golda Meir Library, with the map collection of the American Geographical Society; American Players Theater, with an outdoor amphitheater
industries leading US dairy state; corn, hay, industrial and agricultural machinery, engines and turbines, precision instruments, paper products, automobiles and trucks, plumbing equipment
famous people Edna Ferber, Harry Houdini, Joseph McCarthy, Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, Thornton Wilder, Frank Lloyd Wright
history explored by Jean Nicolet for France 1634; originally settled near Ashland by the French; passed to Britain 1763; included in US 1783. Wisconsin became a territory 1836 and a state 1848.
Lumbering emerged as a major industry in the late 19th century, and Milwaukee became an industrial center. Germans, Scandinavians, and Poles settled in large numbers. In the early 20th century, Wisconsin pioneered progressive legislation.
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