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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Outagamie County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Outagamie County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Outagamie County, WI (21) Brown County, WI (101) Calumet County, WI (11) Shawano County, WI (8) Waupaca County, WI (41) Winnebago County, WI (48)  OutagamieCounty(21) Outagamie County (21)  BrownCounty(101) Brown County (101)  CalumetCounty(11) Calumet County (11)  ShawanoCounty(8) Shawano County (8)  WaupacaCounty(41) Waupaca County (41)  WinnebagoCounty(48) Winnebago County (48)
Appleton is the county seat for Outagamie County
Adjacent to Outagamie County, Wisconsin
      Brown County (101)  
      Calumet County (11)  
      Shawano County (8)  
      Waupaca County (41)  
      Winnebago County (48)  
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1 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 9-11 Memorial
In memory of those who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001Map (db m47062) HM
2 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 56 — First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway
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 . . . Map (db m10457) HM
3 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — First Edison Hydroelectric System in America
On this site November 25, 1882 the Appleton Edison Light Co. began operating the first Edison Hydroelectric System in America. Plaque donated to Outagamie County Historical Society by the family of Harold F. Parish November, 1979Map (db m20865) HM
4 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 51 — Hearthstone Reported permanently removed
On September 30, 1882 this Victorian home became the first residence electrified from a centrally located hydro-electric plant. Henry J. Rogers, pioneer industrialist, built and lighted this home as a showplace for his wife, using the same power . . . Map (db m43367) HM
5 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 581 — Henry James and Cremora Rogers Residence
On September 30, 1882, the H.J. (Henry James) and Cremora Rogers residence was the first home in the world to be lit electrically from a central hydro-electric station using the Thomas Edison system. The station also electrified two paper mills: Van . . . Map (db m147184) HM
6 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — Hippolyte GrignonHistorical Marker
In 1835, just west of this marker, Hippolyte Grignon, the first white settler in what was to become Appleton, built a log house known as “White Heron” with two attached wings for a trading post and quarters for travelers. Within the . . . Map (db m61791) HM
7 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 87 — Lawrence University
Lawrence University, chartered January 15, 1847, has admitted women to its student body from the day classes started November 12, 1849, in the original Academy or Institute. The first collegiate class of seven students -- four men and three women . . . Map (db m10247) HM
8 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — Number 736Pacific Type Passenger Engine
· Built in 1913 by American Locomotive Co. · Original cost was $24,587.00 · Wt. of engine and tender 493,570 lbs. · Tractive effort 36,833 lbs. · Capacity 12,000 gals. of water and   17 1/2 tons of coal · Maximum speed over 100 . . . Map (db m17305) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — Outagamie County World War I MemorialSpirit of the American Doughboy
Dedicated to the memory of our comrades who entered the service of their country from Outagamie County and who gave their lives in the World War ———— Presented by Oney Johnson Post No. 38, . . . Map (db m46865) HM
10 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge
——— Built by the City of Appleton as a lasting monument to the memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Civil, Spanish-American and World Wars. ——— 1924 The above plaque dedicated the . . . Map (db m46912) HM
11 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 215 — South Greenville Grange No. 225
Oliver Hudson Kelley organized National Grange, Patrons of Husbandry in Washington D.C., December 4, 1867. The Wisconsin State Grange was organized October 24, 1872 by National Deputy J. C. Abbott. South Greenville Grange No. 225 was organized by . . . Map (db m3716) HM
12 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 554 — The Merging of Milwaukee-Downer and Lawrence Colleges
Lawrence University, chartered on January 15, 1847, was the first college in Wisconsin founded as a coeducational institution. Preparatory classes began in 1849; college classes began in 1853. The first collegiate class of seven students – four men . . . Map (db m77248) HM
13 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 556 — Vulcan Street Plant Replica
On November 25, 1882, the Vulcan Street Hydroelectric Central Station began operation. The Vulcan Street Plant featured a direct-current Edison “K”-type dynamo and lit the homes of A. L. and H. D. Smith, five or six mills, a blast furnace, and other . . . Map (db m180926) HM
14 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Appleton — 12 — World's First Hydroelectric Central Station Reported permanently removed
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 . . . Map (db m147251) HM
15 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Center Valley — Center Valley Grade School
Constructed in 1887, this school was one of seven one-room schools serving the Township of Center. It served in that manner until 1958. For 82 years local farming families sent their children here, where grades 1 through 8 were taught by a single . . . Map (db m148230) HM
16 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Hortonville — 466 — Alonzo E. Horton1813 – 1909
Horton was born in Connecticut. In 1848, he purchased land in this heavily forested area and built a dam across Black Otter Creek to power a sawmill. Water collecting behind Horton's dam formed Black Otter Lake. Hortonville, named after its . . . Map (db m20657) HM
17 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Kaukauna — 236 — Revolutionary War Veterans
In this area, part of the Statesburg settlement, are the graves of Hendrick Aupaumut and Jacob Konkapot, Stockbridge Indians of Massachusetts. Captain Aupaumut won the notice of George Washington. Able tribal counselor, he served as envoy to western . . . Map (db m22449) HM
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18 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Kaukauna — Wisconsin's First Deed— 1793 —
Dominique Ducharme first known white settler at Kaukauna. In Wisconsin’s first recorded Deed For Land in 1793, he obtained 1281 acres of land from several Indian tribes, for 2 barrels of rum and other gifts. This is now the City of Kaukauna. Today . . . Map (db m4239) HM
19 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Little Chute — 77 — Treaty of the Cedars
The Treaty of the Cedars was concluded on the Fox River near here September 3, 1836. Under the treaty the Menominee Indian nation ceded to the United States about 4,000,000 acres of land for $700,000 (about 17 cents per acre). The area now contains . . . Map (db m2490) HM
20 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, New London — 559 — New London Fairground
This farmland was the site of the New London Fairground from 1891-1912. Today’s farmhouse was built to be the dining hall for fairgoers. The 1905 view of the fairgrounds shown here depicts the grandstand, horse barn, racetrack, and judges’ stand. . . . Map (db m167373) HM
21 Wisconsin, Outagamie County, Shiocton — Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m75064) WM
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Jun. 7, 2023