City Life

Surprising facts about Madison you might not know

These 9 fun facts help make Madison so great

  1. The plastic pink flamingo is the official bird of Madison.
  2. There are only two major cities in the U.S. built on an isthmus: Madison and Seattle.
  3. In 1968, UW Hospital performed the first bone marrow transplant in the U.S. 
  4. A time-honored tradition is to rub the left foot of the Abe Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill for good luck.
  5. The Wisconsin state Capitol was completed in 1917 and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
  6. Madison and Milwaukee are 77 miles apart.
  7. Madison has 141 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  8. Madison is home to the World’s Largest Brat Fest, held each year on Memorial Day weekend.
  9. In 2016, Fitbit named Madison the fittest city in America.

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