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Automobiles in Wisconsin History

Read about the evolution of the automotive industry and the drastic changes in manufacturing work, road infrastructure, the economy and American culture.

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Grange Store

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: View of the Grange Store on Main Street East.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Colorized postcard view down sidewalk along tree-lined street in the central business district. On the right is a large marble building, and on the left si...

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Depot and Train

Date:  date unknown

Description: View down railroad tracks towards depot with railroad train pulling into the station. Passengers are waiting on the platform, and other people are standing...

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City Hospital

Date: 1892 ca.

Description: View across street of City Hospital.

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Description: Weed control unit of the Rock County Highway Department showing the equipment used to spray weeds along the highways.

Date: 1945-05-13 

Description: Frances Reneau with her son Thomas on her lap seated on a lawn on a residential street. Mrs. Reneau wears a corsage on her lapel and the toddler, Thomas, h...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Colorized postcard view of a street in a central business district. A streetcar is in the distance and horses and buggies are in the foreground.

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Grand Hotel

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: The Grand Hotel.

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from shoreline down Rock River, with the Northwestern Railway bridge and Beloit College in the far background.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Woman worker with her back turned to the camera standing in front of the Clintonville Four Wheel Drive factory.

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Rock River

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Wagon bridge and dam on the Rock River at Monteray.

Date: 1909-11-04 

Description: Color postcard depicting Arthur Pratt Warner of Beloit flying his Curtiss Pusher for the first time, November 4, 1909. Warner was the first person in Wisc...

Date:  date unknown

Description: In the foreground, Erik Jensen, a minister with his hat in hand, shakes K. Doxstad's hand. Nearby a toddler pulls his own baby carriage. Two carriages, a b...

Date: 1960 

Description: Parking lot at the General Motors plant.

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Turtle Creek Bridge

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: View of the Turtle Creek Bridge.

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Grand Hotel

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: The Grand Hotel.

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Borden Condensery

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of the Borden Condensery and grounds. Snow covers the ground. The right side of the building has two doors elevated above the driveway for a...

Date: 1881 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Milton Junction.

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Aerial view of the Janesville airport during air races including airplanes in the air, the landing field, and airport structures.

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