Few People Know Wisconsin’s Borders Almost Looked Very Different

There’s a good-natured rivalry between Wisconsin and Illinois, between Milwaukee and Chicago. The two biggest cities in these two states have so much in common and are separated by just about 90 miles, but sometimes it feels like that corridor may as well be four times bigger. But what if I told you that it was only a last-minute decision that placed Chicago in Illinois, not Wisconsin? Illinois became a state 30 years before Wisconsin did, and therein lies quite the story.

Had you ever heard this fascinating bit about Wisconsin history?

Looking for more little-known Wisconsin history? Check out this list of things you might not have known about the history of our great state.

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