Wisconsin Commemorative Quarter

In addition to the six themes, the council also recommended to Governor McCallum that the motto "Forward" be inscribed on the state quarter. The council also suggested the quarter design should include representation that symbolizes Wisconsin was the 30th state to enter the union - such as 30 stars.

Early Exploration - Examples

Wisconsin's waterways were instrumental during the era of exploration. The first people to explore and settle in Wisconsin were tribes of Native Americans. Explorers like Jean Nicolet and Marquette and Joliet traveled our rivers while meeting and interacting with Native Americans. This heritage is seen today in the names of many places that reflect our cultural diversity. Some historians have concluded that the name "Wisconsin" is the French version of an Indian word that may have meant "the gathering of the waters."

Ag-Barn-Dairy - Examples

Farming is a backbone of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a leading dairy state and produces much of the nation's variety of cheeses, milk and butter. Wisconsin farmers also grow and market a wide variety of crops including corn, oats, cranberries, beans and beets. Research conducted at Wisconsin's universities has led to many technological advances that have benefited Wisconsin and the nation.

Scenic Wisconsin - Examples

The natural beauty and resources in Wisconsin rival those of any place in the world. Our waterways, which we have in abundance, will always be a key resource for our rural and urban areas. Numerous lakes and streams typify the northern part of the state, while urban skylines grace our skies in the southern half of our state. Major rivers flow from the east to the mighty Mississippi in the west. Bluffs from LaCrosse to Wisconsin Dells show the state's glacial heritage, and our east and northern borders are the Great Lakes -- Michigan and Superior.

State Capitol Building - Examples

The State Capitol Building in Madison embodies our "government of the people." Its four wings are symbolic of compass points that point to every citizen in Wisconsin. The capitol, designed to resemble the nation's capitol, houses government functions that try to represent progressivism and innovation. The statue, "Wisconsin," atop the dome, represents our state motto, "Forward."

Old Abe - Examples

Old Abe was an eagle captured near Chippewa Falls who became the mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Old Abe accompanied Wisconsin soldiers in 37 battles, helping to maintain the morale of the regiment. After the war, Old Abe resided at the State Capitol in Madison until his death. Today, a stuffed eagle presides in the State Assembly chamber in his memory.

Badger - Examples

The badger is the Wisconsin state animal and Wisconsin is officially known as the "Badger State." After European settlement began in Wisconsin, mining was for a time a major activity for early Wisconsin settlers. The miners created homes embedded in the hills, which reminded observers of badger dens. The miners in Wisconsin were given the nickname of "badger" and that still stands as the nickname of our University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic teams.

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