As distinct as the state of Wisconsin is, so is its history.
There seem to be 2 popular versions
available; one is that the French explorer Marquette was the first
European to call the place by its biggest river's name; Wisconsin or
Meskousing in 1673; another story is that another French explorer
named Jean Nicolet was the first European to explore the area around
Green Bay in 1634 and founded a settlement there for fur trading.
The state also has different
versions about how it got its name and
from what Indian tribe that was, either Algonquin or Ojibwa.
While the Meskonsing or Meskousing
word is Miami. Eventually the state became officially Wisconsin
territory in 1845 by the legislators. Wisconsin
borders on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, with its capital being
Madison and biggest city Milwaukee.
The state was settled by the French who later gave it to England in
1763, and the U.S. got it after the American Revolution in 1783. However, it remained under English
control until it was controlled after the War of 1812. During that
century, the state was settled by German, Scandinavian, Swiss,
Cornish coal miners, upstate New Yorkers and New Englanders.
They came to the wide open areas of
land for farming, mining and lumber work. While the lumber mills cut
the forests for their white pine and hemlock, settlers came in and
took over the land, clearing the stumps and rocks.
It was rich fertile land deposited
from the earlier glaciers and many went into dairy farming because
of the harsh winters and short growing season.
Manufacturing grew up by Lake Michigan since it offered great
shipping and the close proximity to the
necessary raw materials in Fox Valley near Green Bay.
There was an abundant supply of wood
from the vast forests in the state and iron mines located in the
northeast part of the state. Milwaukee
grew as a large shipping port and after the first WW, the railroads
helped to transport goods from the interior to the ports for export.
As it grew, Milwaukee became known
as the tool box of the world and today the Milwaukee tool company
enjoys a wonderful reputation. In the northern part of Wisconsin,
farming was difficult because of the cold and shorter growing season
and soon the people went back to the forest lands and developed many
paper mills that soon grew larger.
As the farming business underwent some changes, and the people
living on them went elsewhere to find work, tourism began a steady
growth for the state's economy. Now
medicine and education have replaced a lot of the heavy industry
that was there, with tourism growing very quickly since the land is
so varied due to the glacial period it went through.
With plenty of lakes, rivers,
streams, rolling hills and forests, visitors to the state enjoy all
of the magnificent activities that Wisconsin has to offer.
Door County, the northern forests
and lakes regions and the Wisconsin Dells attract thousands each
Also dubbed America's Dairyland, the state is very well known for
its fabulous cheeses. Just as well known is the abundance of alcohol
consumption and production. The state has a high degree of drinking
and binging, more so than many of its neighbors. Perhaps the cold
winters with terrible winds coming in off the Great Lakes has helped
this pastime along. Hence it is no surprise that at many notable
events, drunkenness is ignored and actually expected, especially at
the Summer Fest, October Fest, Packers games, Brewers games, state
fairs and a host of other state festivals. A lesser known title is
the Copper State, since it mines copper in the northwestern area of
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Wisconsin has an overabundance of tours, activities and things to
do. The lists are long for all of the adventures you can and will
enjoy on your visit to this magnificent state in the Midwest.
150 fabulous golf courses in the state, it is a golfer's paradise.
There are adventure tours with outfitting, rock climbing, hiking,
camps, trails, carriage tours, ranches, fishing, hunting, target
shooting, aircraft rentals as well as tours, horseback riding,
ballooning, parasailing, bungee jumping, skydiving, boat, canoe and
kayak tours as well as rentals, on streams or rivers; or even the
Great Lakes. Rafting, sail boating, yachting, scuba diving,
snorkeling, wakeboarding, waterskiing, atv tours and rentals,
brewery and distillery tours, cemetery and ghost tours, trolley
tours, rail tours, cross country skiing, trails and rentals; lessons
for everything on the list, snowmobiling, mining, orchard and
orchards, farms and farm; cheese making is a big one since you
always get to sample the cheese. They have dog sledding and kennel
tours, spas, retreats and resorts for you to just relax and get
pampered by the wonderful and friendly staff. Bike rentals, and
tours, scooter and motorcycle rentals and tours; mountain bike
parks, trails and rentals, oh my! There are yoga classes, amusement
parks, water parks, bowling lanes, climbing walls, mini-golf
courses, auto racing, ice skating and in-line skating and rentals.
There are guided tours and self guided tours, with buses, limos, rv
rentals and tours, motor coach and van tours. Need
we go on about the exciting awesome land of cheese and beer?
In the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, you will be amazed
at the many artifacts spanning over 2000 years, in this 1911 brick
Tudor mansion. You can take your family, especially the children to
the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, where they learn about the many
aspects of every day living. One venue allows them to go through the
enlarged ventricles of a huge heart, another involves role playing
jobs and other funtastic things. The Lakefront Brewery is an unusual
beer maker whose forte is in special hand made beers; like Klisch
Pilsner, Riverwest Stein and Organic Extra Special Bitters. Pabst
Mansion is another awesome home to visit with its 12 bathrooms, 14
fireplaces and 37 rooms. The castle like mansion was the home of
beer baron and sea captain Frederick Pabst, and from the time it was
finished in 1892, it was believed to be the jewel of Grand Avenue,
the crème de la crème of neighborhoods. This majestic house reflects
the love and attention to detail that was Frederick Pabst, with its
beautiful stained glass, luxurious furnishings, detailed ironworks,
artistic woodwork, elegant art and ostentatious wall coverings. Also
included is a gift shop with great and unusual pieces; it is even
online. If you are a beer drinker and
connoisseur, you must visit the Miller Brewery to enjoy the free
tours and tastes, while learning about the process of making beer,
aging, fermenting and packaging.
While in La Crosse, the Bodega Brew Pub, Inc.
is on the National Registers of Historic and Haunted Places; brewing
over 400 different beers. They have a very casual atmosphere with
liquors, wines, coffees, free fresh popcorn included, smokers,
soups, sandwiches, salads, soft drinks and appetizers; with a great
cubano as the house specialty. The Julia Belle Swain steamboat, one
of 5 authentic on the Mississippi River is docked here for your
tour. Brewing since 1867, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
Company in Chippewas Falls is a great tour to do, while sipping on
the famous brew.
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Wisconsin Things to do
One place not mentioned above is the biggest outdoor museum of rural
life in America, Old World Wisconsin; with all the trappings of the
historical life these early farmers and settlers went through to
grow this awesome state. Included is a 1870s village and authentic
farmsteads that help you visualize the migration and settling of the
19th and 20th centuries. There are over 150 different places to help
you enjoy your trip to this unusual state. In Milwaukee alone,
there are over 70 local attractions to fill your time with fun and
fantasy. And don't forget about the food that has helped these
sturdy people get to where they are today. Well worth
mentioning, and to wash all that food down is some of the best beer
in the world.
The Milwaukee Art Museum is very popular and
holds over 20,000 art works by such notables as Picasso, O'Keefe and
Warhol. For the real adventurer among you, the Harley-Davidson
Museum should make you cry. The awesome history of the Harley is
opened wide for you to explore and dream about. It is a must see for
visitors to the city of Milwaukee; but don't cry in your beer over
the beautiful and fanciful sights of these gorgeous machines.
Another venue for the adventurer in your group is the Kettle Moraine
State Forest with its 1000 mile trail of a glacier.
If the sun is shining and it is hot, then head
over to the Dells, where the biggest water park in America is
located. A great hit with the family, the park includes over
60 water-based activities. While you're in the area, take a
boat tour with Dells Boat tours or enjoy the Original Dells jet
In Madison, the state capitol building is a popular attraction with
the only granite dome in America and 40 different types of rocks
from around the world, with impressive wall murals and handmade
furniture. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a beautiful vista
to visit, with a sunken garden, wildflower, rose, rock and herb
gardens; and the tropical conservatory. Henry Vilas zoo is
open to the public and is home to animals from all over the globe,
including; South American alpacas, Galapagos Islands turtles and
African lions. The Wisconsin Historical Museum is here in
Madison, as is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that excites the
visitors with fantastic geological formations created by the huge
glaciers that existed 70,000 to 10,000 years ago. There are
many museums here depicting various aspects of Wisconsin life, as
well as the veterans museum. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art,
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison children's Museum, Chazen
Museum of Art. The North Country National Scenic Trail is here
that includes 7 states across the northern part of the U.S. from New
York to North Dakota. In Lake Geneva, you will find various
activities centered around the beautiful lake, and in Baraboo is
another lake, part of the Devil's Lake State Park and awesome all
year. Circus World Museum located here in Baraboo gives homage
to the 200 years of the American circus with an amazing collection
of everything related to the circus environment. In
Bayfield, you should take a cruise out to the Apostle Islands and
visit the magnificent caves located there.
In Superior, take some time to spend at the
Pattison State Park with the tallest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the
fourth highest east of the Rockies; Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet
and Little Manitou is 31 feet. Sitting on 1436 acres this park
features some magnificent trails and the Black River flowing through
it. Another beautiful state park in Superior is Amnicon Falls,
with numerous falls and rapids; plus the Douglas Fault is discussed
at length which created the area. Camping, hiking and trail
adventures are inviting and can be very exciting around the falls