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Appleton Electric Streetcar System 1886 - 1930
1880-1890
1890-1900
1900-1910
1910-1920
1920-1930
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A brief history of the Appleton Streetcar system  

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This website will cover the 50 years of electric transit in the Fox Cities area. Each page will cover a different decade starting with 1880-1890.
 
During the 1880's electric power was starting to light up homes and streets. Experiments in this country and others were trying to develop a way to power transportation with electricity. The first of these systems basically involved adding power to the common horsecar. In Appleton a small hydro-electric plant was built along the Fox River in the early 1880's and soon a large house, later to become known as Hearthstone, was lit up with the electric light developed by Thomas Edison.   

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College Avenue streetscape circa 1886

Welcome to this website on Appleton Streetcars and Interurbans.
Website designed and maintained by Tom (railfan45).
Please e-mail any comments to pcc28@netnet.net .