24 Facts About Madison Wisconsin

1. Madison Wisconsin is served by Madison Wisconsin Gas and Electric and Alliant Energy, which provide electricity and natural gas service to the city.

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2. In 2015 Madison Wisconsin was awarded platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, one of only five cities in the US to receive this level.

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3. Madison Wisconsin has two public television stations: WHA-TV, which is owned by the University of Wisconsin–Extension, airs throughout the state, with the exception of Milwaukee, and Madison City Channel, which is owned and operated by the City of Madison covering city governmental affairs.

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4. Madison Wisconsin is home to Mid-West Family Broadcasting, which is an independently-owned broadcasting company that originated and is headquartered in Madison.

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5. The University of Madison Wisconsin accounts for the vast majority of students, with an enrollment of roughly 44,000, of whom 31,750 are undergraduates.

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6. Madison Wisconsin is associated with "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive movement.

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7. Madison Wisconsin is home to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the separation of church and state.

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8. In early 2011, Madison Wisconsin was the site for large protests against a bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker that abolished almost all collective bargaining for public worker unions.

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9. Madison Wisconsin is home to several endurance sports racing events, such as the Crazylegs Classic, Paddle and Portage, the Mad City Marathon, and Ironman Wisconsin, which attracts over 45,000 spectators.

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10. Madison Wisconsin has several active ultimate disc leagues organized through the nonprofit Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association.

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11. Madison Wisconsin was once home to the semi-pro Madison Wisconsin Mustangs football team who played at Warner Park and Camp Randall Stadium in the 1960s and 1970s.

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12. Madison Wisconsin is home to the Madison Wisconsin Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team in the Northwoods League.

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13. Madison Wisconsin has one of the world's major entertainment industry archives at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, part of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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14. Madison Wisconsin offers one comedy club, the Comedy Club on State, owned by the Paras family.

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15. Madison Wisconsin has many independent art studios, galleries, and arts organizations, with events such as Art Fair Off the Square.

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16. Madison Wisconsin was named the number one college sports town by Sports Illustrated in 2003.

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17. Madison Wisconsin was host to Rhythm and Booms, a massive fireworks celebration coordinated to music.

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18. Madison Wisconsin is the episcopal see for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison.

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19. Madison Wisconsin shares borders with its largest suburb, Sun Prairie, and three other suburbs, Middleton, McFarland, and Fitchburg.

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20. City of Madison Wisconsin continued annexations from the Town of Madison almost from the date of the city's incorporation, leaving the latter a collection of discontiguous areas subject to annexation.

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21. Madison Wisconsin incorporated as a city in 1856, with a population of 6,863, leaving the unincorporated remainder as a separate Town of Madison.

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22. Madison Wisconsin was incorporated as a village in 1846, with a population of 626.

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23. Madison Wisconsin had James Slaughter plat two cities in the area, Madison and "The City of Four Lakes", near present-day Middleton.

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24. Madison Wisconsin is the capital of the US state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County.

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