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Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway

 
 
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By Keith L, August 15, 2008
1. First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway Marker
Inscription. On August 16, 1886 the Appleton Electric Street Railway Company began operation of the world’s first commercially successful electric street railway. The cars were driven by Van Depoele direct current motors which received power from a hydroelectric generator through two trolley wires. In 1930, the expanded electric street railway system serving the cities of Appleton, Neenah, Menasha and Kaukauna was retired when bus service was begun to better serve the transportation needs of these communities.
 
Erected 1956 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 56.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 15.3′ N, 88° 24.24′ W. Marker is in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker is on South Olde Oneida Street south of West Edison Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 807 South Olde Oneida Street, Appleton WI 54915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Edison Hyrdoelectric System in America (approx. 0.4 miles away); 9-11 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vulcan Street Plant Replica
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By Keith L, August 15, 2008
2. First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Lawrence University (approx. half a mile away); Hearthstone (approx. half a mile away); The Merging of Milwaukee-Downer and Lawrence Colleges (approx. 0.6 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Outagamie County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appleton.
 
Also see . . .  The Van Depoele System. "After the success of lighting several homes in Appleton a group of businessmen led by the honorable Judge J. E. Harriman decided to explore the possibilities of having a streetcar in Appleton." (Submitted on August 19, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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