5 THINGS WISCONSIN IS KNOWN FOR (other than cheese)
The Badger State joined the Union on May 29, 1848, becoming the 30th state. Well-known for its dairy products, especially cheese, the state, and its culture are unique in many other ways. Keep reading to learn 5 Things Wisconsin is Known for (other than cheese).
Wisconsin farmers grow cranberries across 20 counties in the central and northern parts of the state. They first started developing the industry in the early 1850s. However, long before European settlers arrived in the state, the indigenous people harvested the wild cranberries growing in the state. Today, the state produces 60 percent of the U.S. crop!
Around the globe, people use ginseng as a supplement for a variety of reasons. Most of the herb’s benefits come from the root. However, the leaves and stems are also used. About 95 percent of the U.S. ginseng production takes place in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is a leading producer of paper products in the United States. More than 160 mills and processors create everything from tissue paper to cardboard. In fact, Green Bay, Wisconsin, is known as the toilet paper capital of the world. Northern Tissue, located in Green Bay at the time, issued the first “splinter-free” toilet paper in 1935. The plant opened in 1901 as the Northern Paper Mill on the north side of Green Bay. Today the mill continues operation as Georgia Pacific.
4. Harley Davidson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the home of Harley Davidson. Hometown boys, Arthur Davidson and William Harley with the help of a few friends developed a prototype motorcycle in the early 1900s. They eventually brought in Arthur’s brothers William and Walter Davidson and in 1904 they built the second prototype. Their approach to business was revolutionary and grew into an iconic brand recognized worldwide.
5. Great Lakes
Wisconsin is bordered by two of the five Great Lakes: Superior and Michigan. The state boasts 800 miles of coastline that provide excellent habitat for Wisconsin’s wildlife. The lakes also bring outdoor recreation-lovers to the area. The state is home to 48 lighthouses keeping watch over the coastlines between the two lakes.
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