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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Wisconsin History

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1. Wisconsin Becomes a State: July 1, 1848 marks the day that Wisconsin officially became the 30th state of the United States. The path to statehood was not an easy one, and it took several attempts and a lot of lobbying before Wisconsin was granted statehood.

2. First Logging Railroad: In 1878, the first successful logging railroad was established in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The railroad was built by John Brown and it transported logs from the forests to the sawmills, making the logging industry more efficient.

3. Wisconsin Pavilion at the World's Columbian Exposition: On July 1, 1893, the Wisconsin Pavilion at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago was dedicated. The pavilion, designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, showcased Wisconsin's natural resources and industry.

4. Brewer's First Game: On July 1, 1970, the Milwaukee Brewers played their first game as a Major League Baseball team. The Brewers had previously been known as the Seattle Pilots, but were moved to Milwaukee after just one season.

5. Smoking Ban: On July 1, 2010, Wisconsin became the 28th state to implement a statewide smoking ban in public places. The ban prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment, including bars and restaurants.
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