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Appleton, Wisconsin sits in three counties: Calumet, Winnebago, and Outagamie and is the seat of Outagamie County. Because it is situated on the Fox River, the early days saw brisk trapping and trading. It was settled in 1847 at the same time that Lawrence University was chartered, and in 1853, Appleton was incorporated as a village. The university, founded by Amos Lawrence, was established in large part, due to a $10,000 donation from his father-in-law Samuel Appleton. Appleton was the site of the first commercially successful streetcar company, established in 1886. It is also the home of the first house in the world powered entirely by Edison’s system of hydroelectricity.

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