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Railroads Help Wisconsin Say Cheese

Wisconsinites like their beer cold, and their butter, authentic. In fact, because people used to smuggle in butter-substitutes from Illinois, it’s against the law! Dairy farming is serious business for the nation’s top producer of cheese and milk products. Railroads were originally built to service a booming mining industry but shifted to moving grains to market. These days, Wisconsin’s economy is driven by the manufacturing of transportation and capital equipment and agricultural production. And coal, delivered via freight rail, keeps things warm during those epic Wisconsin winters.