“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Vulcan Street Plant Replica

Vulcan Street Plant Replica image. Click for full size.
By Donald Yochem, April 18, 2015
1. Vulcan Street Plant Replica
Inscription. On November 25, 1882, the Vulcan Street Hydroelectric Central Station began operation. The Vulcan Street Plant featured a direct-current Edison “K”-type dynamo and lit the homes of A. L. and H. D. Smith, five or six mills, a blast furnace, and other nearby homes with Edison bulbs. The Vulcan Street Plant represents and early use of hydro-power to generate electricity and perhaps one of the earliest examples of a hydroelectric plant that sold electricity commercially and provided incandescent lighting service to the public. In 1932, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original plant opening, this replica was constructed by the Wisconsin-Michigan Power Company. Like the original, it houses an Edison “K” dynamo. In 1987, the building was moved here from (now Olde) South Oneida Street.
Erected 2014 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 556.)
Location. 44° 15.475′ N, 88° 23.836′ W. Marker is in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker is at the intersection of Vulcan Street and East North Island, on the right when traveling south on Vulcan Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 530 South Vulcan Street, Appleton WI 54915, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At
Vulcan Street Plant Replica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
2. Vulcan Street Plant Replica Marker
The marker is located near the stairs at the left side of the photo.
least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Edison Hyrdoelectric System in America (here, next to this marker); 9-11 Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Merging of Milwaukee-Downer and Lawrence Colleges (approx. mile away); Lawrence University (approx. mile away); First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hearthstone (approx. 0.9 miles away); Number 736 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Appleton.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a previously erected marker on this site. The original marker, entitled "World's First Hydroelectric Central Station," read:
"Near this site on September 30, 1882, the world's first hydroelectric central station began operation. The station, here reproduced, was known as the Vulcan Street Plant and had a direct current generator capable of lighting 250 sixteen-candle power lamps, each equivalent to 50 watts. The generator operated at 110 volts and was driven through gears and belts by a water wheel operating under a ten foot fall of water."
Regarding Vulcan Street Plant Replica. After a fire destroyed the central station, a replica was constructed at the
World's First Hydroelectric Central Station image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 17, 2015
3. World's First Hydroelectric Central Station
current location preserving all of the building's original features. This building is currently located near its original location at the south end of the Lawe Street Bridge.

There are plans to relocate the replica to a new home in Vulcan Heritage Park, which is situated right across from the original Vulcan Plant.
Also see . . .
1. World's First Hydroelectric Central Station. Original marker at this location. (Submitted on June 23, 2015.) 

2. Milestones:Vulcan Street Plant, 1882. The Engineering and Technology History Wiki page for the Vulcan Street Plant. (Submitted on June 23, 2015.) 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Hydroelectric Central Station Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
4. Hydroelectric Central Station Plaques
The plaques are to the left of the door.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Donald Yochem of West Bend, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Donald Yochem of West Bend, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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