Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Vulcan Street Plant Replica
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 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. ¼ mile away); Lawrence University (approx. ¼ 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
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.)
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