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.