List of city nicknames in Wisconsin

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This list of city nicknames in Wisconsin compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that Wisconsin's cities and towns are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to municipal governments, local people, outsiders or their tourism boards or chambers of commerce. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity.[1] Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth"[2] are also believed to have economic value.[1] Their economic value is difficult to measure,[1] but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.[2]

Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.

Nicknames by city[edit]

The nicknames of several Wisconsin communities celebrate the state's cheese-making industry. Cheese curds, shown here covered with batter and deep-fried, traditionally have been available only at cheese factories.





















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  2. ^ a b Alfredo Andia, Branding the Generic City :), MU.DOT magazine, September 10, 2007
  3. ^ a b The World Capital of Whatever, The New York Times by Harold Faber, September 12, 1993
  4. ^ Village of Black Creek, retrieved April 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  6. ^ a b c Claims to Fame - Food, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007
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  8. ^ Claims to Fame - Fish, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007
  9. ^ Village of Gays Mills, Wisconsin - Apple Capital of Wisconsin
  10. ^ Peterson, Davis. " Titletown again; The Packers put away the Patriots 35-21 for the NFL crown, and after 29 years, Green Bay again reigns as Titletown, USA. Frenzied fans and bedlam abound in Loony Land of Lombardi.", Star Tribune, January 27, 1997. Accessed June 13, 2007
  11. ^ Welcome to Hillsboro
  12. ^ " The Bower City is Proud of Pioneers.", Janesville Recorder, April 20, 1911. Accessed July 26, 2008
  13. ^ " JANESVILLE PLANS NEW PARK NEAR THE RIVER AND LIBRARY THE SITE WOULD FOCUS ON CHILDREN WITH SHADE-TREE READING PROGRAMS.", Wisconsin State Journal, August 20, 2000. Accessed June 13, 2007. "The place that bills itself as the ``City of Parks might be getting another one -- a unique space near Hedberg Public Library catered to children."
  14. ^ Did You Know? Facts About the City of Kaukauna, Wisconsin Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ A Symbol for a City Archived 2007-08-23 at the Wayback Machine., on the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's Madison: A Capital Idea website, accessed January 5, 2008. "An art lover at the 1976 Art Fair on the Square sports the Mad City T-shirt created by Russ Frank of the Madison Top Company two years earlier."
  16. ^ Madison, City of Four Lakes: Our History and Our Home
  17. ^ Madison Metropolitan School District Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ a b Claims to Fame - Birds, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007
  19. ^ Brew City loses its oldest brewery, by Lisa Price, October 31, 1996, on website. "Milwaukee has never had an identity crisis -- as one city resident said, 'We've been Brew City for 135 years.'"
  20. ^ a b Jan Uebelherr, "Magazine tips hat to Mil-town," The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 31, 2007. "Spin magazine takes a dizzying spin through Brewtown in its September issue in a little travelogue called '72 Hours in Milwaukee.'"
  21. ^ The "Cream City" nickname refers to the cream-colored brick produced in Milwaukee and used in many of its 19th-century buildings.Cream City Brick Archived 2006-10-18 at the Wayback Machine., by Terry Pepper, updated 12/02/2007
  22. ^ The Making of Milwaukee, MPTV
  23. ^ City of New Richmond website, accessed October 15, 2011
  24. ^ Racine, Wisconsin the Belle City of the Lakes. Archived 2007-11-15 at the Wayback Machine., Racine, Wisconsin. Accessed June 13, 2007
  25. ^ The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the Northwoods of Wisconsin!
  26. ^ A local mechanic and businessman built the first workable snowmobile in his shop in Sayner (About Plum Lake Township Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine., Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce website, accessed July 26, 2008)
  27. ^ Sheboygan County Historical Documents, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
  28. ^ Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
  29. ^ Claims to Fame - Animals, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007
  30. ^ Twin Ports: Duluth/Superior, accessed May 8, 2007. "Duluth, also known as the "Zenith City", is the larger of the two, and usually gets the most notoriety, but Superior, also referred to as "Soup Town"(because of common fog overhangs!) has a lot to offer residents as well as visitors."
  31. ^ "Half-Way Between Equator And North Pole Billboard". Roadside America. 
  32. ^ "Welcome to Tomah". City of Tomah (official website). Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  33. ^ "Where the I Divides, Tomah, Wisconsin". Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  34. ^ "Waukesha Spa." Milwaukee Journal August 8, 1969
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  36. ^ Welcome to Waupun, Wisconsin - The City of Sculptures
  37. ^ "A souvenir of Fond du Lac County, Wis. ([1904?])", The State of Wisconsin Collection, University of Wisconsin Library, Waupun, "The Prison City,' is a city of 4,000 inhabitants and located on a beautiful table land which gives it a dry and healthful climate. 
  38. ^ "Official Website of the City of Wauwatosa". 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17. ; front page offers "Tosa trivia" and information on "Rain Gardens For Tosa" program
  39. ^ "City Dictionary". 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11. ; particularly derisive name due to the village's traditionally high percentage of Caucasian residents (91.9% as of the 2010 census)
  40. ^ "Official Website of the Waterpark Capital of the World". Wisconsin Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-03. ; also, cover of 2006 Travel and Attraction Guide, ©2006 Ad Lit Inc.; printed on cover, with TM notice, "The Waterpark Capital of the World!TM, as obtained from "Wisconsin Dells Resorts". Ad Lit. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-03. , which has the same slogan. City's website, "City of Wisconsin Dells". Retrieved 2006-09-03.  does not mention the slogan

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