Imagine living in the 1800s before the days of electricity and seeing, for the first time, the marvel of a home lighting up when a switch is thrown. That is exactly what Appleton residents witnessed in September of 1882, when Appleton Edison Light Company debuted the world's first hydroelectric power plant. The plant was the second power plant of any kind in the nation, the first having opened just weeks earlier in New York City. You can view a replica of the original Vulcan Street Power Plant in Appleton. Appointments are necessary to gain access to the inside, but much can be viewed through the windows. You can also see the world's first electric railway that debuted in Appleton in 1886 and served residents through the 1930s. dedicated to relaying Appleton's rich history are housed in historic buildings in the city. The museum's displays chronicle the life of some of the city's most famous residents, including Harry Houdini and Senator Joseph McCarthy. The locks enabled trade and transportation from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf of Mexico, eliminating the need for long voyages around the continent. The locks were shut down after several decades when the trains rolled into town, but were refurbished and reopened in 2006. You can view historic lock keeper homes along the riverfront, picnic in lockside parks, shop, or hike in the area. The soaring building features a 5,000 square foot stage surrounded by 2,100 seats, with no seat farther than 108 feet from the stage. A smaller theater offers a more intimate setting, with 4,160 square feet and maple floors. Large lobbies service both theaters on all seating levels. Performances featuring guest artists, students and faculty fill its calendar during the school year.?Woman indicted after fatal wreck
"He's still improving," said an awed Kinane. " Johnny made the jump going to the straight, and tried to get first run, and I was happy to let him do that. I could have gone three out, I just didn't want to."
Last Thursday, the couple left from Dallas to a concert on Mulberry Mountain to celebrate Cathy's 41st birthday. Byers said they checked the forecast several times on the road and just thought it was a little rain.
BEAUMONT "The F. Ed Carroll home, 1684 Park, is shown as it looked in its early years. The house, being razed currently, was of grayed and weathered singles, siding and lattice work. The trim, all white, featured turned spindles and balusters around the veranda and carving across the front at the third floor level. This carving is repeated on the front door and on mantels within. The picket fence, in the foreground, which surrounded the house was later covered with crepe myrtle and oleander bushes which formed a background of pink blossoms for the predominately gray house." Beaumont Journal, 1961
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