Tags: US State Facts | facts about madison | wisconsin | capital

5 Facts About Wisconsin's Capital: How Well Do You Know Madison?

Image: 5 Facts About Wisconsin's Capital: How Well Do You Know Madison?
Madison, Capital of Wisconsin. (Rudi1976/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 08:40 AM

Madison is the second-largest city in Wisconsin, and often ranks at the top of lists about the best college towns in America. However, those are not the only facts about Madison worth knowing. It's located just over an hour from Milwaukee and the Lake Michigan coast, and is home to over 233,000 residents.

The following are a few other insights about Madison, aka Mad City:

1. Built on an Isthmus: An isthmus is a narrow strip of land, and for Madison, this means that it sits between two lakes Monona and Mendota. Only one other city in the U.S., Seattle, was constructed an isthmus.

VOTE NOW: Is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Doing a Good Job?

2. Brat Fest: Every year over Memorial Day weekend, Madison hosts The World's Largest Brat Fest, and it's estimated that the event has sold over 3 million brats and it "has raised more than $1,300,000 for local charities," according to the festival's website. That equates to over 330 gallons of ketchup and about half of that in mustard.

3. Radio history: Since 1909, WHA radio has been broadcasting continuously, boasting that this makes it the oldest radio stations to do so. Yet, a handful of other stations also claim to have cranked up operations during that time as well from across the nation.

Regardless, WHA proudly hangs a sign that says, "The Oldest Station in the Nation ... in existence longer than any other," according to OldRadio.com.

VOTE NOW: Should the Government Be Doing More to Promote Tourism in America?

4. Bone Marrow Transplant: The first bone-marrow transplant procedure was performed at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1968, a 2-year-old boy received a diagnosis of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, "a deadly disease that causes unstoppable internal bleeding," according to UW Health's website. He then underwent the bone-marrow transplant.

5. Stem Cells History: Building on Madison's medical success, in 1998, researchers announced the successful cultivation in the laboratory of human embryonic stem cells. The cultivation was the end of a "17-year international race to be the first to capture and sustainably culture human embryonic stem cells," according to University of Wisconsin-Madison's website.

URGENT: Do You Approve of the Job Scott Walker Is Doing as Wisconsin Governor?

Related Stories:

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
FastFeatures
Madison is the second-largest city in Wisconsin, and often ranks at the top of lists about the best college towns in America. However, those are not the only facts about Madison worth knowing.
facts about madison, wisconsin, capital
390
2015-40-03
Friday, 03 Apr 2015 08:40 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved