The state of Wisconsin is located in the north central area of the United States. It is bordered by 4 other states – Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Illinois – and sits on the banks of two of the Great Lakes – Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Wisconsin covers 65,498 square miles and has a population of over 5.6 million. The capital city is Milwaukee and Timms Hill is the highest point of elevation at 1951 feet. The winters are cold, averaging 24F (-4C) and the summers are pleasant at around 85F (29C).
Wisconsin was inhabited by the Algonquian Indians and the first European to discover the area was French explorer, Jacques Marquette, in 1673. He founded the Green Bay colony which was settled by French fur traders. The economy of Wisconsin today is based on dairy farming, mining and lumber. Visitors are drawn by the beauty of the area especially the Door Peninsula and the Great Lakes. Outdoor recreation is always popular here. In the winter skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling is pursued while in the summer visitors enjoy hiking in the beautiful hills, visiting the quaint villages and cherry picking. The Wisconsin Dells is a popular family destination area; also the House on the Rock near Spring Green and the Circus World Museum in Baraboo.
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