Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
World's First Hydroelectric Central Station
Erected 1953 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 44° 15.475′ N, 88° 23.836′ W. Marker was in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker was at the intersection of Vulcan Street and East North Island, on the right when traveling south on Vulcan Street. Touch for map. Marker was 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 walking distance of this location. Vulcan Street Plant Replica (here, 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); Hearthstone (approx. 0.9 miles away); Number 736 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appleton.
Regarding World's First Hydroelectric Central Station. 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 . . .
1. Hydroelectric Central Station. 1954 photo of the marker by the hydroelectric central station. (Submitted on July 16, 2009.)
2. IEEE History Center: Vulcan Street Plant, 1882. Information, (Submitted on July 16, 2009.)
3. Vulcan Street Plant. "The Appleton Edison Electric Co. was started by paper manufacturer Henry J. Rogers, who had been so impressed with Edison's experiments with lighting that he obtained a contract for an Edison central station before he had ever seen a light bulb." (Submitted on July 16, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,203 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on July 16, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.