Hartford in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Kissel familyís own steam car inspired two brothers, George and William, to build a car of their own in 1905 that was powered by a gasoline engine. On June 6, 1906, they acquired a state charter and began manufacturing with only $15,000 cash. By 1922 they grew to an enterprise worth over $3 million. During Kisselís peak year, the company built some 4,000 units. The company was a casualty of the Great Depression in 1931 as an automobile producer, but was reorganized and manufactured a variety of products including government material during World War II.
Erected 1968 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 154.)
Marker series. This Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 19.031′ N, 88° 22.251′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is on East Sumner Avenue (State Highway 60) half a mile east of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford WI 53027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willard R. Amidon Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lohrís Gas Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westphal Mansion Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Schwartz Ballroom (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Lawrence Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Winter Farm (approx. 5.4 miles away); Holy Hill (approx. 5.5 miles away); Schubert Cheese Factory (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hartford.
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Auto Museum website. (Submitted on May 20, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Kissel Motor Car Company - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 20, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.