I’m in Platteville!

4 Nov

Well techinically by the time this post publishes, I’ll be on my way home already, but whatever. I’ve been sent to this western Wisconsin gem for a work thing, and so I thought I’d throw a little Platteville trivia your way while I’m here!

1) Population 11,224

2)  It is in the Hollow Region of Wisconsin, as named by early southern miners.

3) Named for the Platte River

4) In the 1820’s, a mining boom caused the area  and surrounding communities to flourish. Main products: lead ore and Galena

5) The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has only been around since 1971. Before that the school was known as the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology and before that it was actually two schools: The Normal School and the Wisconsin Mining Trade School. This explains why UWP is covered in M’s. (Their mascot is the Pioneers, so the M’s are confusing to visitors). Nowadays UWP is known for its Engineering program.

6) From 1984 until 2001 the Chicago Bears held training camp on the campus of University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

7) Platteville has the world’s largest M, a claim that its Chamber of Commerce states is unchallenged. (See image above)

I’ll be back soon Milwaukee!

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