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Wisconsin: Badger State
JOINED UNION: May 29, 1848
STATE BIRD: Robin
STATE FLOWER: Wood Violet
MEANING OF STATE NAME: Based on an Indian word "Ouisconsin" believed to mean "grassy place" in the Cheppewa tongue
1992 POPULATION: 5,006,591
RANK FOR POPULATION: 18
LAND AREA: 54,314 square miles
RANK IN SIZE IN UNION: 26
ECONOMY: Milk, butter and cheese, lumber and wood products, livestock, transportation equipment, tourism, government
HISTORY: Home to the Winnebago Indians, the French were the first Europeans to explore Wisconsin; Jean Nicolet seeing Green Bay in 1634, with fur traders following him. England took over Wisconsin in 1763 and didn't really leave until after the War of 1812. The growth of railroads, starting in 1851, brought more people to the area and helped farms and iron mines to prosper. Milwaukee is known for its beer, and the state for its cheeses -- the result of the city being home to many German and Scandinavian immigrants. Wisconsin has often led America in progressive social legislation: pensions for the blind and unemployment compensation, among others.
Say Cheese! 1858
In 1858, John J. Smith got Wisconsin's first cheese vat and began to make cheese at his home. Eventually he marketed his product out of state. Smith's business was the seed of today's huge Wisconsin cheese industry, which supplies cheese to all of America.
Wisconsin's gently rolling green hills provide a great home for dairy farms, and since the state's early days, Wisconsin has attracted European immigrants with a history of making cheese. Swiss cheese was one of the first specialty cheeses developed in Wisconsin and was named after its originators. Swiss cheese was similar to a cheese back in Switzerland called Gruyere. In 1869, the first Swiss cheese factory was established in Wisconsin.
Other ethnic groups made cheeses similar to ones they remembered from home. Italians made Mozzarella, the French made Blue cheese, the Germans reproduced their homeland's Muenster, and the Dutch produced Edam and Gouda.
Besides copying products from their homelands, Wisconsin cheese makers created original American cheeses like Colby and Brick.
As of 1990, there were almost two million cows in Wisconsin, about a third as many cows as people. These cows produce a yearly average of 13,531 pounds of milk, 74 percent of which goes to make two billion pounds of cheese each year.
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