Why Wisconsin is the Badger State The badger (Taxidea taxus) was designated the official state animal of Wisconsin in 1957. Wisconsin’s nickname is “The Badger State” because miners dug tunnels into hillsides searching for lead in the 1800’s, reminding people of badgers. Found throughout Wisconsin, badgers are short, stocky, solitaryRead More →

Did you know that Madison was not always the Capital of Wisconsin? In Wisconsin’s territorial days, Belmont was the original capital and was home to the first Capitol building. It was 1836 in Belmont where the territorial legislature established the framework of what would become the state of Wisconsin justRead More →