It seems like every city or town in Wisconsin has some sort of nickname. But what all do they mean? Have you ever stopped to wonder that? We are taking a closer look at 15 Wisconsin town’s nicknames and the reasons behind them.
1. Woodruff (Home of the Million Penny Parade)
In one of the most famous fund-raising stunts, back in 1953, Dr. Newcomb told kids to save their pennies so that they could build a hospital. Well, pennies from across the country poured in and the hospital was indeed built. Each year, the town has a "Million Pennies Parade" to commemorate.
2. Superior (Soup Town)
I was hoping it was nicknamed this because there was some amazing soup here. And maybe someone in Superior makes awesome soup. But the real reason is just a play on the name "Superior." But someone should still open up a restaurant called "Soup-erior."
3. Pulaski (Polka Town)
This town is proud of its Polish heritage, and it celebrates it annually in one of the largest Polish festivals in the United States, appropriately termed "Pulaski Polka Days." You need to get down with polka, it's legitimately fun to dance to, guys.
4. Mount Horeb (Troll Capital)
This town had a lot of Norwegian influence, and the trolls came along for the ride, too. Just walking or driving around town, you will see tons of trolls in yards.
5. Monroe (Swiss Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.)
The Swiss ended up settling this area of Wisconsin, and they brought their cheese ways with them. Thanks for that, Swiss settlers! You can sample some great Swiss cheese in Monroe.
6. Lake Tomahawk (Snowshoe Baseball Capital of the World)
If you're anything like me, you thought "what the heck is snowshoe baseball?" Well, it is obviously played in the snow, using a ball and no gloves. Apparently, this is a common occurrence in Lake Tomahawk. Only in Wisconsin. 🙂
7. Kaukauna (The Electric City)
When the hydroelectric plant was built, which was a huge deal in that time, Kaukauna became known as the "Electric City."
8. Hillsboro (Czech Capital of Wisconsin)
This town was settled by Bohemian residents from what is now called the Czech Republic. They really embrace their heritage in this town.
9. Green Bay (Toilet Paper Capital of the World)
Obviously, Green Bay's most famous nickname is Titletown, U.S.A., alluding to the fact that the Packers are awesome and have won a lot. But it's also the toiler paper capital of the world because this town makes a TON of toilet paper.
10. Gays Mills (The Apple Capital of Wisconsin)
The Twining family put this town on the map when they brought their apples to the World's Fair and they created a buzz. So tons of apples are now grown here. How 'bout them apples? (Sorry, I had to.)
11. Elmwood (UFO Capital of the World)
Several people in Elmwood have reported sightings of UFOs. It was so popular an occurrence that people talked about building a UFO landing strip. That never happened, but they celebrate "UFO Days" each July to commemorate.
12. Delavan (Clown City, U.S.A.)
Read the sign this photo captures for the full story. But if you wanted to run away to the circus in the 19th century, you should have run straight to Delavan. At that time, they had 26 different circus companies. And those companies had clowns. Which is scaresies.
13. Cambridge (The Umbrella City)
To promote tourism, Cambridge took on the name "The Umbrella City." They have "Umbrella Daze" each year to further celebrate.
14. Bonduel (Spelling Capital of Wisconsin)
There's something in the water here, because kids from this town win spelling championships all the time.
15. Babcock (The Cranberry Pie Capital)
If you've lived in Wisconsin, you've probably had cranberries in every possible way. But in Babock, they are famous for making them into pies. They make cranberry and walnut pies. Hence the nickname.
Those are some great nicknames. Does your town have a great nickname? Let us know in the comments!