On February 15, National Wisconsin Day recognizes The Badger State.

Rich in copper, lead, forest and fertile farmland, Wisconsin became the 30th state. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to reach Wisconsin while seeking a Northwest passage to China.

A mining boom, not fur trading, led to the nickname The Badger State. According to oral history, the miners burrowed into the hillsides much like badgers for shelter instead of setting up more permanent homesteads. The first wave of settlers to the area also began the uprooting of the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Chippewa and other indigenous people.

Early in Wisconsin’s settlement, dairy production began to take root. By the turn of the century, the state became known for its dairy farms and synonymous with cheese.

Mining, dairies, and breweries grew one after the other. An influx of German immigrants in the 1850s brought a new brand of dreamers. Brewers cropped up across Wisconsin satisfying the thirst of The Badger State. As with brewers in other regions of the country, the 18th Amendment of 1919 prohibiting alcohol drowned out much of the competition leaving only a handful after the legislation was repealed in 1933.

From Lake Michigan to Superior and numerous river and lakes in between, Wisconsin offers ample opportunity for water recreation and sport. There are also year-round trails perfect for summer hiking or substantial snow for winter activities.

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For a complete list of Wisconsin State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit dnr.wi.gov and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

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Ice Age National Scenic Trail – Madison

https://www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway – Saint Croix Falls

Big Foot Beach State Park – Lake Geneva

Copper Falls State Park – Mellen

High Cliff State Park – Sherwood

Natural Bridge State Park – North Freedom

Whitefish Dunes State Park – Sturgeon Bay

Peshtigo State Forest – Crivitz

Friendship State Trail – Hilbert

Circus World Museum – Baraboo

Wisconsin Maritime Museum – Manitowoc

Wisconsin Historical Museum – Madison

Madeline Island Museum – La Pointe

Wisconsin Automotive Museum – Hartford

National Railroad Museum – Green Bay

Door County Maritime Museum – Sturgeon Bay

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee

Stonefield – Cassville

Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Wisconsin Dells

Yerkes Observatory – Williams Bay

Glory of the Morning – Chief – (c. 1709 – c. 1832)
Frank Lloyd Wright - Architect - (June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect – (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)


Laura Ingalls Wilder - Author - (February 7, 1867 - February 10, 1957)
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Author – (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957)


Arthur Davidson – Businessman – (February 11, 1881 – December 30, 1950)
William S. Harley - Engineer - (December 29, 1880 - September 18, 1943)
William S. Harley – Engineer – (December 29, 1880 – September 18, 1943)


Georgia O'Keeffe - Artist - (November 15, 1887 - March 6, 1986)
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist – (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986)


Thornton Wilder - Playwright - (April 17, 1897 - December 7, 1975)
Thornton Wilder – Playwright – (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975)


Curly Lambeau - Professional Football Player - (April 9, 1898 - June 1, 1965)
Curly Lambeau – Professional Football Player – (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965)


Mildred Harnack - Historian - (September 16, 1902 - February 16, 1943)
Mildred Harnack – Historian – (September 16, 1902 – February 16, 1943)


Orson Welles - Director - (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985)
Orson Welles – Director – (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)
Les Paul – Musician – (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)
Gaylord Nelson - Senator - (June 4, 1916 - July 3, 2005)
Gaylord Nelson – Senator – (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005)


Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero (Badger Biographies Series) Paperback – February 29, 2012

by Bob Kann  (Author)
Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero (Badger Biographies Series) Paperback – February 29, 2012

by Bob Kann  (Author)