“Old Abe” is also a revered war eagle that once lived in the State Capitol.
During the Civil War, a bald eagle called “Old Abe” became the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. During his military service, Old Abe saw 39 battles and skirmishes. He was famously seen in battle on a perch with an American flag.
After the Civil War, Old Abe lived a posh life in the basement of the State Capitol—to the delight of thousands of visitors.
Old Abe is just one interesting piece of the Wisconsin State Capitol’s past. It’s the building’s 100th anniversary this year, and you can pay tribute to a century of Wisconsin politics by taking a free public tour, ogling the impressive interior dome and visiting the sixth floor museum and observation deck, which is open in the summer.