(WKOW) -- Happy birthday, Wisconsin!
The Badger State turns 172 Friday.
The state entered the union on May 29, 1848.
Wisconsin started out as part of the Northwest Territory, before becoming a separate entity in 1836. That’s when Madison was marked its territorial capital.
In 1840, Wisconsin’s population started holding votes for statehood. Its people voted against it 4 times, before finally becoming a state in 1848.
To celebrate the Wisconsin Historical Society is encourage Wisconsinites to use the hashtag #BIGHistoryIsHappening and share its birthday cards.