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              WISCONSIN AT 150 YEARS

              By Michael J. Keane and Daniel F. Ritsche
                   Legislative Reference Bureau
                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. A THUMBNAIL SKETCH ........ 1     6. EDUCATION..................16
2. HISTORY.....................2     7. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY .. 17
3. POPULATION..................5     8. TRANSPORTATION.............18
4. GEOGRAPHY.................10      9. RECREATION.................22
5. GOVERNMENT ............... 14     10. WISCONSINFIRSTS ........... 24


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WISCONSIN AT 150 YEARS


                WISCONSIN AT 150 YEARS

On May 29, 1998, Wisconsin marks the sesquicentennial of its statehood. This
capsule view describes Wisconsin at 150 years and reviews its progress as
a state.
The final portion of this section highlights "Wisconsin Firsts"
- Wisconsin's con-
tributions to the progress of the nation.

1. A THUMBNAIL SKETCH

Nickname: Badger State
Motto: Forward
Song: On, Wisconsin!
Population: 5,142,999 (official 1996 estimate) - 16th largest state.
Density: 94.6 persons per square mile.
Land Area: 54,313.7 square miles - 23rd largest state.
Entered the Union: May 29, 1848, as the 30th state.
Capital: Madison (pop. 200,814, official 1996 estimate).
Elevation: Highest point: Timms Hill, Price County, 1,952 feet. Lowest point:
Lake Michigan shoreline, 581 feet.
Counties: 72 Cities: 189 Villages: 395 Towns: 1,266
Largest Lake: Lake Winnebago, 215 sq. miles.
Temperatures:    Highest recorded temperature, 1140 F, Wisconsin Dells,
July 13, 1936; Lowest, -54°F, Danbury, January 24, 1922. Average annual
range, 12.4°F (January) to 69.4'F (July).
Constitutional Officers:
        Governor: Tommy G. Thompson (R)
        Lieutenant Governor: Scott McCallum (R)
        Secretary of State: Douglas J. La Follette (D)
        State Treasurer: Jack C. Voight (R)
        Attorney General: James E. Doyle (D)
        Superintendent of Public Instruction: John T. Benson (nonpartisan)
 Legislature:
         Senate: 33 Members (17 Democrats, 16 Republicans)
         Assembly: 99 Members (52 Republicans, 47 Democrats)