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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.

Photograph

Sheridan Road

Date: 1937-11-17 

Description: Looking northeast on Sheridan Road (State Highway 42) at Sheridan Road Grade Crossing.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: The Chicago and Northwestern Railway depot.

Map or Atlas

Kenosha, Wis.

Date: 1882-12 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Kenosha.

Date: 1921 

Description: Rotary snowplow manufactured by the Winther Motors Inc., factory.

Date: 1857 

Description: This map was created from a survey made in December 1855 and shows local streets, proposed roads, railroads, the lake shore, bridge wharfs, the basin, the...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Lamb's Hotel on a dirt road. The hotel is also called Bewersdorf's Hotel.

Date: 1857 ca.

Description: This map with north oriented toward the lower left shows the United States North and South Piers. Lake shores from 1855, 1856, and 1857 are labeled. Depths...

A Collection of Photographs

Photographs of Winther Motor company offer insight into early 20th century manufacturing.

Date:  

Description: The buildings of Allen & Sons Tannery with boats carrying supplies in the foreground.

Date: 1961 

Description: This is a photocopy of a map in blue line print that shows streets and places of interest. Inscribed in pen, at the bottom of the map, reads: "Sen. Zaborsk...

Date: 1921 

Description: Gasoline rail car manufactured by the Winther Motors Inc., factory.

Date: 1921 

Description: A side view of vehicle manufactured by the Winther Motor and Truck Company, used to carry employees to and from work in mines. This vehicle was apparently...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Exterior view of the wagon shop of John B. Pirsch of Kenosha whose father, Nicholas Pirsch, had begun building buggies and wagons in 1857. Several men pose...

Date: 1910 

Description: This map is a survey of Kenosha Harbor and shows local streets, public buildings, local businesses, and part of Lake Michigan. Included is text on sailing...

Date: 1921 

Description: Side view of an early rotary snowplow truck manufactured by the Winther Motor and Truck Company.

Date: 1946 

Description: A map showing the roads, railroads, towns, cities and villages, streams and lakes, airports, schools, churches, cemeteries, and golf courses in Kenosha Cou...

Date: 1910 

Description: Map shows routes, post offices, churches, schools, houses, and roads on the rural delivery service route in blue lines. An explanation key appears on the l...

Date: 1878 ca.

Description: View from shoreline of a large crowd on a pier waiting for a crowded steam excursion boat.

Date: 1911-03-09 

Description: Man standing in front of a Chicago and Northwestern railroad boxcar sitting on railroad tracks. The sides of the car are splintered, destroyed by an explos...

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