Wisconsin is a state located in the Midwest. It is one of the nation's largest product of milk, cheese and other dairy products. The success of Wisconsin's economy depends on the manufacturing of these items. It also manufactures other food items and paper products.
Wisconsin is considered a very progressive state. It has been at the forefront of changes made in areas of education, politics and economics. Some of those firsts are pensions for teachers, direct primary elections, and ending the death penalty.
Wisconsin, an Indian word, means "gathering of the waters, wild rice country, and home land." It has been given the nickname, Badger State, because of the people being named Badgers. They were given this name, because of the many miners that worked and lived in holes in the hillside. People thought of those miners as badgers digging holes in the ground.
Wisconsin has much to offer its residents and tourists. It offers a free education to all children between 4 and 20. It has over 350 libraries and many colleges. It has various museums, including some of the finest natural history museums in the U.S.
Tourists enjoy its many lakes, resorts, and scenery. Winter sports attract plenty of tourists as well. Places such as, Door County and the Wisconsin Dells, provide another popular place of entertainment. There are many cities offering celebrations, such as Milwaukee's Summerfest. This festival has music pleasing for anyone's taste.
Wisconsin's landscape is considered breathtaking by most. It's land can be divided into 5 regions: The Lake Superior, Lowland, the Northern Highland, The Central Plain, The Western Upland and the Eastern Ridges and Lowlands.
|Lake Superior Lowland
||This is a flat plain near Lake Superior in the Northern most area of Wisconsin.|
|| This area covers most of Northern Wisconsin. It has tons of lakes and is covered with trees.|
||This area was once covered by glaciers. The Wisconsin Dells are located in the Southern part of this region.|
||This is one of the most beautiful regions. It is home to many stunning bluffs. The Mississippi River is found in this region.|
|Eastern Ridges and Lowlands
|| This area has the richest soil longest growing season of all areas.|
Along with six other states, Wisconsin is still working under its original constitution. Its governor can serve for as
many terms as he/she is elected. Each term lasts for 4 years. It has elected positions for the lieutenant governor,
secretary of state, attorney general, and many other positions as well. Its legislature has a 33 member senate and 99
member assembly. These positions are elected too. As in other states, the supreme court is the highest court in the
state. All judges are elected officials by the people of Wisconsin.
Geography of Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan has less islands than any of the other Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is connected to Lake Heron by The Straits Of Mackinaw. The name Lake Michigan comes from an Indian word meaning "large lake" or "big water". Lake Michigan is located at the side of Illinois and Wisconsin.
The surface area is about 22,300 square miles (57,757 km). It's about 579 feet above sea level. The greatest depth of Lake Michigan is about 923 feet (281 m.). The average depth is about 279 feet. Lake Michigan is 321 mi. long (517 km) and about 118 mi. wide (190 km). Lake Michigan has the largest Lake Shore dunes in the world. Lake Michigan has the largest sport fishery on the five Great Lakes.
Did you know that Lake Michigan had about 6 names before it was named its final name Lake Michigan? One name was "Grand Lac"(gr-an-d l-ak). It was also named "Lake of The Stinking Water." Another name was "Lake of Puants (la-ke o-f pu-on-ts). It was also named "Lac des Illinois" (la-c of el-inoy) and "Lac St. Joseph." The last name was "Lac Dauphin." Its final name and the one we all know so well is Lake Michigan.
There have been a lot of shipwrecks that occurred on Lake Michigan. One was "The Palace Steamer Niagara". It set sail in 1846 and wrecked in 1856. The cause of this shipwreck was a fire on board. It was at sea for 10 years before it wrecked.
Another shipwreck was the steamer "Frank O'Connor." The steamer Frank O'Connor set sail in 1892 and wrecked in 1919. The reported cause of the wreck was a fire. It was at sea for 17 years before it wrecked.