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History of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

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Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853. John F. Johnston was the first resident and village president. Home to Lawrence University, Appleton grew along with the school. With the financial backing of Amos A. Lawrence, the Lawrence Institute was chartered in 1847. Samuel Appleton, Lawrence's father-in-law from New England who never visited Wisconsin, donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, and his name was given to the community in appreciation.

The community was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857, with Amos Storey as its first mayor.

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  • 1847 to 1853 - Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853. John F. Johnston was the first resident and village president.


  • 1853 - First paper mill is built in Appleton, Wisconsin


  • 1854 - Appleton / Grand Chute
    Appleton, or Grand Chute, a post-village, capital of Outagamie county, Wisconsin, on the Neenah or Fox river, 80 wiles from its mouth, 95 miles N. E. ...Read MORE...


  • 1857 - Appleton was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857, with Amos Storey as its first mayor.


  • News 1882 - In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. (Appleton, Wisconsin)

    September 30, 1882

  • In August 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company.


  • In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton, Wisconsin.


  • News 1893 - Mill Fire
    Appleton, Wis., June 24. - The Kaukauna Fiber company's sulphite mill at Kaukauna was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. It was a two digester mill, ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Appleton
    Appleton, a city, the capital of Outagamie co., Wis., on Fox River and on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, 20 miles N. by E. of Oshkosh, 29 miles ...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 15,085


  • Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
    View looking East on John Street, Appleton, Wis.
    Postcard
  • Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
    View of Upper Fox River, Appleton, Wis.
    Postcard
  • 1910 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin, 16,773


  • 1916
    Appleton, a city, the capital of Outagamie oo., Wis., on Fox River and on the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rs.,...Read MORE...


  • 1920 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 19,571


  • Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
    High Water on the Fox, APPLETON, Wis.
    Postcard
  • 1940 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 28,436




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View looking East on John Street, Appleton, Wis.
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View of Upper Fox River, Appleton, Wis.
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High Water on the Fox, APPLETON, Wis.
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  • 1847 to 1853 - Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853. John F. Johnston was the first resident and village president.
  • 1853 - First paper mill is built in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1854 - Appleton / Grand Chute
    Appleton, or Grand Chute, a post-village, capital of Outagamie county, Wisconsin, on the Neenah or Fox river, 80 wiles from its mouth, 95 miles N. E. ... Read MORE...

  • 1857 - Appleton was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857, with Amos Storey as its first mayor.
  • News  1882 - In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. (Appleton, Wisconsin)
    September 30, 1882
  • In August 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company.
  • In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • News  1893 - Mill Fire
    Appleton, Wis., June 24. - The Kaukauna Fiber company's sulphite mill at Kaukauna was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. It was a two digester mill, ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Appleton
    Appleton, a city, the capital of Outagamie co., Wis., on Fox River and on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, 20 miles N. by E. of Oshkosh, 29 miles ... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 15,085
  • 1910 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin, 16,773
  • 1916
    Appleton, a city, the capital of Outagamie oo., Wis., on Fox River and on the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rs.,... Read MORE...

  • 1920 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 19,571
  • 1940 - Population of Appleton, Wisconsin - 28,436

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