Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Milwaukee County History, 1850-1940

Milwaukee Vintage Postcards

The Infrastructure that Supports Us


Read More About It

"The Making of Milwaukee" by John Gurda

"Milwaukee: a Chronological and Documentary History, 1673-1977" by George Lankevich

"The History of Electricity" by Robert Snedden

"Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940" by David E. Nye

Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930" by Thomas P. Hughes


Vocabulary: illuminated


Interesting Fact: The Newhall House burned down in 1883. See the January 10 entry.


Study Questions:

  • Before electricity, did communities have street lights?
  • When did your community first get electricity?
  • How do communities generate electricity?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about electric service in early Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 5:

    1614: Indian princess Pocahontas marries colonist John Rolfe.



  • April 5

    April 5, 1880: Milwaukee was illuminated by electricity for the first time when electric lights were switched on in the Newhall House.


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