03-10-2014, 01:16 PM
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According to wiseGEEK,
"One of the state nicknames of Wisconsin is “The Badger State.” This nickname is not a direct reference to the presence of the animals in the state. Rather, the nickname is a consequence of the behavior of the early settlers. The appellation 'The Badger State' is an indirect reference to the behavior of badgers, while describing that of the miners.

In the 1830s, lead miners who worked at the various locations had a peculiar habit of digging homes out of hillsides located next to the mines. These homes were temporary in nature and meant to serve as places of abode in close proximity to the mines. A lot of people thought the habit was very odd, and soon the abodes dug out of the hillsides were referred to as 'badger dens' while the miners who dug them were referred to as 'badgers.' This was most certainly not a complimentary appellation since it had a derisive undertone... The name soon stuck and was extended to other citizens of the state of Wisconsin and, eventually, to the state as a whole."

Right, Johnny?

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 03-10-2014, 02:40 PM
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Good one, John! A nice history lesson. Smile

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 03-10-2014, 06:37 PM
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They sound more like Hobbits than badgers.

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 03-12-2014, 09:56 AM
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From what I've been told, you are correct John. But you will find a few badgers and wolverines up in the northern part of the state.

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 03-12-2014, 01:55 PM
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  • Demerkj
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(03-12-2014, 09:56 AM)Johnny Wrote: From what I've been told, you are correct John. But you will find a few badgers and wolverines up in the northern part of the state.

You are correct. I lost a deer blind to a badger who chose to build the entrance to his den under my seat ( not while I was in it). He was gone a few years later when a wolverine moved in to the area. Right in the middle of the Nicolet National Forest.

Our state flag has a miner in the seal as a tribute to those who settled our state early in it's history.


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 03-12-2014, 03:42 PM
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Yes sir, we have a miner, sailor, and a badger in our seal.

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 03-12-2014, 03:57 PM
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Sure looks like a Pot plant as well....Biggrin

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 03-12-2014, 04:38 PM
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(03-12-2014, 03:57 PM)Harvey Wrote: Sure looks like a Pot plant in a pot as well....Biggrin

fixed it for you Sleepy

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