Friday, December 4, 2015

Covering America – block 49 Wisconsin

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This week’s block is Wisconsin

(not a hard block, just a lot of pieces)

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Here’s some info about the Badger state

Entered Union (rank): May 29, 1848 (30)

The Wisconsin region was first explored for France by Jean Nicolet, who landed at Green Bay in 1634. In 1660 a French trading post and Roman Catholic mission were established near present-day Ashland.

Wisconsin is a leading state in milk and cheese production. Other important farm products are peas, beans, beets, corn, potatoes, oats, hay, and cranberries.

Wisconsin visitors and residents enjoy the state's 7,446 streams and rivers. End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles. That is more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.

In 1878-1879 the Wisconsin legislature approved the creation of a state park in Vilas County. The proposal was not successful and the state ended up selling two-thirds of area land to lumber interest for $8 an acre in 1897.

In 1882 the first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built at Fox River.

Wausau is the Ginseng Capital of the World.

The typewriter, invented in Milwaukee in 1867

Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-themed park.

The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center on June 8, 1867

The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Green Bay is Wisconsin's oldest city.

Two Rivers is the home of the ice cream sundae.

The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour.

Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World.

Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World.

1 comment:

SewMisadventurous said...

Am I weird when I thought that Wisconsin being a 'Cheese State' (at least in my ignoramus UK sort of way) would have a Milk Churn or Churn Dash block as it's quilt pattern? or am I perhaps being a bit too literal about it? The photo's are great and you are looking really well too, much more rested than I expected but I'm happy to see it. Your new daughter is just too adorable, and it's lovely to see her and Sonja so in love with her (loving your and her new hair by the way) Keep Smiling. xxx