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General background about the Wisconsin Flag

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Wisconsin's State Flag consists of a dark blue field with the state coat-of-arms centered on each side. The current flag also contains the word "WISCONSIN" in white letters above the state coat of arms and the date "1848" in white letters below the state coat of arms, the year Wisconsin was admitted to the union.

  • MOTTO: "Forward"
  • ENTERED UNION: May 29, 1848
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1863 (revised in 1979)
  • COMMENTS: In order to distinguish it from the many other blue U.S. state flags, Wisconsin's flag was modified in 1979 to add "Wisconsin" and "1848", the year Wisconsin was admitted to the Union.


Originally designed in 1866 when regiments from Wisconsin wanted a flag for battlefield use, it wasn't until 1913 that state statutes specified the design of the state flag. Wisconsin's state flag includes the Coat of Arms which represents many of our valued natural resources and the contributions of early pioneers to the state's development. In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) placed Wisconsin's flag 65th out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territory flags. It's low score is likely a result of The NAVA survey's preference for uniquely designed flags, they favored "strong, simple, distinctive flags" and ranked the common "seal-on-a-bed-sheet" type flags the lowest.


Wisconsin State Flag
State Flag, Wisconsin




  • The first hydroelectric plant in the country was built on the Fox River in Appleton in 1882.
  • Baraboo is the birthplace of the Ringling Brothers Circus.
  • The first snow-machine patent was issued to Carl Eliason of Sayner, Wisconsin. Today the state has more than 25,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, with over 200,000 registered snowmobiles (2015 est.).
  • In 1856 a German immigrant named Margarethe Schurz opened the first kindergarten in the United States in Watertown. Her concept of teaching young children through play quickly spread across the U.S.
  • Door County, which includes Door Peninsula, has more than 250 miles of shoreline, more than any other county in the United States.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Pepin in 1867. Her famous 'Little House' books are based on her childhood life in the forests and prairies of the Midwest.


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