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Hartford in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“Kissel”

 
 
"Kissel" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 20, 2009
1. "Kissel" Marker
Inscription. The Kissel Motor Car Company was located across the river from this site. Kissel manufactured vehicles here for 25 years, from 1906 until 1931. Passenger cars, trucks, ambulances, funeral cars, taxicabs, and fire trucks were among the varied types. In 1918 Kissel introduced a line of low, graceful, sporty cars which were style leaders for years. The Kissel “Gold Bug” and White Eagle Speedster models achieved international acclaim and brought many celebrity purchasers to Hartford. The famous design of these cars has a lasting beauty and today they are prized collectorís items.

The Kissel familyís own steam car inspired two brothers, George and William, to build a car of their own in 1905 that was powered by a gasoline engine. On June 6, 1906, they acquired a state charter and began manufacturing with only $15,000 cash. By 1922 they grew to an enterprise worth over $3 million. During Kisselís peak year, the company built some 4,000 units. The company was a casualty of the Great Depression in 1931 as an automobile producer, but was reorganized and manufactured a variety of products including government material during World War II.
 
Erected 1968 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 154.)
 
Marker series. This
"Kissel" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 20, 2009
2. "Kissel" Marker
marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 19.031′ N, 88° 22.251′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is on East Sumner Avenue (State Highway 60) half a mile east of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford WI 53027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willard R. Amidon Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lohrís Gas Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westphal Mansion Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Schwartz Ballroom (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Lawrence Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Winter Farm (approx. 5.4 miles away); Holy Hill (approx. 5Ĺ miles away); Schubert Cheese Factory (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Auto Museum website. (Submitted on May 20, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Kissel Motor Car Company - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 20, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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