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Wisconsin Heritage Tourism; Visited lately?

Updated on June 27, 2014

The Land of Wisconsin is like several lands, in nature, in history, in culture - what do you think?

This map image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, shows the diversity of land area of this northern central state of the USA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin

The Frenchman Jacques Marquette was the first European to reach the Wisconsin River in 1673. The word based on an early Indian name underwent many variations until reaching its current form was made official by the legislature of the Wisconsin Territory in 1845.

Wisconsin was the heartland of the "Effigy mound culture" thousands of years ago. More recently, Wisconsin is best known as the home of many European immigrants from northern Europe.

The Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon, WIsconsin
The Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon, WIsconsin

"Birthplace" of the Republican Party

Founded here on March 20, 1854, by anti-slavery activists

All levels and shades of politics have characterized the State of Wisconsin through the history of the state. This location in Ripon, WIsconsin, holds a very special role in this cultural landscape.

During the Civil War Wisconsin provided about 91,000 troops to the Union effort.

Have you been to Wisconsin? - Put it on your travel plans. You'll be happy you did! ;-)

Have you been to Wisconsin?

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers
Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River

Wisconsin River

A critical element in the history and identity of the State of Wisconsin.

Together with the land formations in the intro photo the Wisconsin River is a defining characteristic of the natural environment in the State of Wisconsin. The famous Wisconsin Dells are one of the results of this important geological intersections.

The river's name was first recorded by Jacques Marquette in 1673. The state is named for the river. The river begins in the forests near the border with the Michigan Upper Peninsula and meanders to the southwest diagonally across the entire state. It joins the Mississippi River a few miles south of Prairie Du Chien.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_River

Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells

This is a 5-mile gorge in the Wisconsin River with distinctive limestone formations and tributary canyons. This scenic beauty is what attracted my wife and I to spend our honeymoon at the Wisconsin Dell 53 years ago. See the photo I took of her boarding the tour boat - the slide was beginning to deteriorate (cheap film - sorry) when I did the scan, below.

The Dells continue to attract many visitors annually.

Nancy (red dress, lower left) boarding boat to tour Wisconsin Dells

Nancy (red dress, lower left) boarding boat to tour Wisconsin Dells
Nancy (red dress, lower left) boarding boat to tour Wisconsin Dells

Photo Gallery

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Bluffs carved in sedimentary rock by rock from melting Ice Age glaciers.Stone barn built in 1903 as the dairy boom was arriving in Wisconsin.Miller field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball teamWisconsin's tallest skyscraper: the U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee.Boating on the Wisconsin RiverFrank Lloyd Wright's Taliensin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Visit other Frank Lloyd Wright designs across the state, as well.Eagle Mound, an effigy mound, in Wisconsin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effigy_MoundBradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
Bluffs carved in sedimentary rock by rock from melting Ice Age glaciers.
Bluffs carved in sedimentary rock by rock from melting Ice Age glaciers.
Stone barn built in 1903 as the dairy boom was arriving in Wisconsin.
Stone barn built in 1903 as the dairy boom was arriving in Wisconsin.
Miller field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team
Miller field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team
Wisconsin's tallest skyscraper: the U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin's tallest skyscraper: the U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee.
Boating on the Wisconsin River
Boating on the Wisconsin River
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliensin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Visit other Frank Lloyd Wright designs across the state, as well.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliensin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Visit other Frank Lloyd Wright designs across the state, as well.
Eagle Mound, an effigy mound, in Wisconsin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effigy_Mound
Eagle Mound, an effigy mound, in Wisconsin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effigy_Mound
Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

Your Comments on this Wisconsin lens are requested - Thank you for stopping by! ;-)

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    • serendipity831 profile image

      Drake McSherry 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Thank you for highlighting how wonderful my great State of WI is. I just wrote a lens on my city of Milwaukee and the music scene there. I appreciate you sharing info on WI. Take care.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @delia-delia: Sounds like the start of a To Do List, to me! ;-)

    • delia-delia profile image

      Delia 

      5 years ago

      I've lived in Wisconsin since 1988 and have not visited many of the places mentioned...in particular way up North.... Thanks for sharing!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Kalafina: Thanks for sharing. Good to know. Love Cherry Blossoms! ;-)

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      Kalafina 

      5 years ago

      One of the best parts of Wisconsin is definitely Door County when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It's so pretty there!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @RinchenChodron: Small world, huh!? ;-)

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      I used to live in Iowa and Yes, I've been to Appleton - so pretty.

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