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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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Description: A group of farmer workers stand with pitch forks in front of the first gas engine for threshing on the August Krenke farm. A horse-drawn vehicle is also vi...

Photograph

Saloon

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Copy photograph of the exterior of a saloon. A group of men lounge on the porch of the establishment.

Date: 1942 

Description: Three men loading a trailer near an International Harvester dealership during the "MacArthur Week" scrap drive. There is a large pile of scrap on the groun...

Photograph

Rawhide Boys Ranch

Date: 2009-10-16 

Description: "This is the Rawhide Boys Ranch, E7475 Rawhide Road, New London." Note the sign about the fish fry.

Photograph

Nollenberg Bridge

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Description: Nollenberg Bridge in the Town of Union, Waupaca County, looking south.

Photograph

Readfield Street

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Copy photograph depicting storefronts along a street. This location would later become the site of Jung's General Store.

Date: 1942 

Description: Men working on a "MacArthur Week" scrap drive near an International Harvester dealership. Two men are on the flatbed of a truck, and there is also a horse-...

Date: 1896 

Description: A map of the Chain-O-Lakes in Waupaca, including Indian trails. The path of the Waupaca Electric Railway from the Grand View Hotel to the Wisconsin Central...

Photograph

King Intersection

Date: 1967 

Description: Waupaca Tree Service at the intersection of STH 24 and King Road with station wagon parked in front.

Date: 1988 

Description: View looking south from the bridge at the Embarrass River, Town of Matteson, Waupaca County, to a nearby house.

Date: 1916-12-04 ca.

Description: Storefronts of Malik Brothers, Paul Binder, and Frank Beer Home Bakery.

Photograph

Waupaca County Road

Date: 1989-11-16 

Description: McNinch Road, an unpaved road near the Little Wolf River crossing in the town of Wyoming.

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Pictured here are four of the women who joined the work force at the Four Wheel Drive Company in Clintonville in order to build trucks for the American and...

Date: 1909 ca.

Description: Four wheel drive auto factory, with a smokestack billowing. The four-wheel drive propulsion was invented by Otto Zachow and William Besserdich. Walter A....

Map or Atlas

Weyauwega, Wis.

Date: 1870 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Weyauwega.

Photograph

Train Wreck

Date:  date unknown

Description: Derailment of a Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault St. Marie Railway train near Waupaca. A large crowd is gathered on an overpass to watch the Soo Line's Wrec...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Captain Alexander E. Williams of the War Department testing the experimental truck that the Four Wheel Drive Company hoped to manufacture for the army. In...

Date: 1945 ca.

Description: Couple canoeing under partly cloudy skies with sun dappling the water on Rainbow Lake, Chain O' Lakes.

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Iola Car Show

Date: 1989 

Description: Antique cars at the annual Iola Car Show.

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