10 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Wisconsin

Growing up in Wisconsin, a lot of us learned some facts about the state’s history and took a historical field trip or two. But there are some things many people just don’t know about the state despite living here for a long time. Here are ten little-known facts about the history of Wisconsin.

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Why didn’t we learn this stuff in history class? If you’re looking for a few more fun experiences out and about in Wisconsin, make sure to check out the castles hidden throughout the state!

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June 13, 2020

What are the weirdest places in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin may seem highly approachable and suburban as a prime example of the American Midwest, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve as well. Some of the weirdest places in the state include the Statue of Romeo, the Killer Elephant in Delavan, and the upside-down White House located in the Wisconsin Dells. Head to Mount Horeb to experience the Home of the Troll, or visit the world’s largest talking cow, Chatty Belle, in Neilsville.

What are the best manmade attractions in Wisconsin?

Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum if you’re looking to indulge in an afternoon of fine art, or perhaps head to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward. Lambeau Field is known by every Green Bay fan, and the Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells (also known as the “Waterpark Capital of the World”) has been open for over 30 years and remains the largest outdoor waterpark in the United States. 

Are there any castles in Wisconsin?

Most folks don’t realize that there are castles hidden away in Wisconsin, but you can find them from Madison to Appleton and back again. The Red Gym is located on the University of Wisconsin Campus, and the Somers Mars’ Cheese Castle is filled with CHEESE. Yum! Head to Dunn County to visit the haunted Elk Mound Castle, or visit the highly educational History Museum at the Castle in Appleton. Even the town of Tomahawk has its own castle, a privately owned and built structure known as Kelley Castle.

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