Wisconsin got its nickname “The Badger State” before it became a state. In the 1800’s , Wisconsin was actually Native American land that contained a lot of lead.
At the time, miners came to Wisconsin to find lead, which was very uncommon. While the miners were working during the frigid winters, they needed a refuge so they dug holes on the sides of cliffs for protection and warmth.
Badgers - the animals - also burrowed in cliffs, like the miners did, looking for the same thing: shelter. Due to their similar actions, Wisconsin got its nickname by paying homage to the badgers.
[Source: Simpson Street Free Press Archives]