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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.

Date: 1874 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Racine, with an inset of Racine College.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Stephen Bull residence before enlargement. Edna Billings appears at the right.

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: View of the railroad crossing where rubber paving was used for the first time in the United States.

Date: 1904 

Description: This map is mounted on cloth and shows streets, railways, and city wards. A stamp in the right margin reads: "The Library of Congress, one copy received Fe...

Photograph

Racine Bridge

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: A bridge in Racine next to the "Ye Old Horlick's Boat Livery".

Photograph

Island Park

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Island Park, looking south from the east end of Kinzie Avenue bridge.

Map or Atlas

Racine, Wisconsin

Date: 1956 

Description: This map of Racine includes a street directory and index of public buildings. Streets, points of interest, Lake Michigan, and the Root River are labeled. A...

Date: 1914 ca.

Description: Outdoor view of Union veterans standing near a war memorial in a square downtown.

Photograph

Train Wreck

Date: 1927-07 

Description: On-lookers survey a wreck on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway.

Date: 1886 

Description: View of the west side of Superior Street, looking north.

Date: 1908 

Description: Outdoor group portrait of the Racine Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks wearing suits, hats with oversized brims with large flower deco...

Date: 1860 ca.

Description: Elevated view of east side of Main Street, with Langlois & Robilliard visible at 137 Main Street.

Photograph

Racine Wagon Works

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of the Racine Wagon Works building with railroad tracks in the foreground.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Looking east across Pine Street at Jacob Black's dry goods store, with a display of hand fans in front window; Schwaller's Real Estate company is above Bla...

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Description: The Bradley house, the old home of Lucas Bradley, 512 Sixth St., north side of Sixth St., between Park and Villa. The little house at the right is the hom...

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Cars in the driveway in front of the Herbert F. Johnson Residence, "Wingspread," during construction. The residence was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and...

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from Lake Michigan towards the shoreline at Racine looking southwest.

Photograph

Houses in Corliss

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Description: View down a dirt road with houses lining the street. A factory is visible in the distance.

Photograph

Crop Sprayer

Date: 1913 

Description: A horse-drawn power sprayer being used on truck crops in the Racine area.

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