Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Vulcan Street Plant Replica
Erected 2014 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 556.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 44° 15.475′ N, 88° 23.836′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 530 South Vulcan Street, Appleton WI 54915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Edison Hydroelectric 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); Henry James and Cremora Rogers Residence (approx. 0.9 miles away); Number 736 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 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 . . . Milestones:Vulcan Street Plant, 1882(Submitted on June 23, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2015, by Donald Yochem of West Bend, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 417 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on April 23, 2015, by Donald Yochem of West Bend, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on July 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4. submitted on July 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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