Appleton Essential Info


Appleton is a growing city in central-eastern Wisconsin, with a population of approximately 72,000 residents and a metro area of ~350,000. It is known as being safe, quiet, and visually pleasant. It is perhaps most famous as the boyhood town of Harry Houdini, the famed magician.

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  1. Appleton is where Harry Houdini grew up.
  2. John Bradley, a man from Appleton, is one of the soldiers raising the flag in the famous photo from Iwo Jima in 1945.
  3. Appleton had the nation's first hydroelectric station which opened on Sept. 30, 1882, providing 12.5 kilowatts to light two paper mills and a home.
  4. Appleton had the first electric cable car, and the first hotel with all electric lighting.
  5. Actor Willem Dafoe of Green Goblin fame began his career acting with the local Attic Theatre.

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