On the banks of the Fox River is the quaint college-town of Appleton, home to Lawrence University. Appleton, which grew with the inception of the university, has a thriving economy and has been recognized by Money Magazine as “one of the best places in America to live”. Lake Winnebago is just south of the “Fox City” –the nickname given to riverside cities and villages – and provides residents within the area a resort-style atmosphere perfect for ice fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking.
Appleton, Wisconsin began as a fur trading post for Fox River Valley Native Americans and European settlers in 1847. It was incorporated as a village in 1853, and later incorporated as a city in 1857. Appleton began seeing a surge in economic success in 1853, with the operation of the paper mill. To provide electricity for the mill, the nation’s first Edison hydroelectric central station was built on the Fox River. This plant, the Vulcan Street Plant, not only provided power to the mill but also to the Hearthstone House. In 1886, Appleton was the site of the first-ever successful electric street car company in America.
Lawrence University was founded in Appleton in 1847 by William Harkness Sampson and Henry R. Colman, with monetary help by Amos A. Lawrence. The liberal arts school was chartered in 1847 and was the second co-educational college in the U.S. This university has been nationally recognized for its academic achievements by Newsweek and Forbes. The Lawrence University Vikings athletic program participates in NCAA’s Division III conference.
Apartments in Appleton are on high demand because they’re in a great location. Appleton is nestled in between two major cities: Oshkosh and Green Bay. Some of the largest employers in the city are Miller Electric and Thrivent Financial, which also are headquartered here. Other companies in Appleton include Air Wisconsin, SECURA Insurance, Pierce Manufacturing, and Appleton School District.
When you rent an apartment in Appleton, take advantage of the crisp, Midwestern beauty around you and visit one of their many parks! Around the city, there are 28 parks – 24 neighborhood and 4 community parks, designed for recreation. Memorial Park, the largest of Appleton’s parks, has 139 acres of trees, trails, and sports fields. It also holds many community events, such as Fourth of July fireworks.
There are many things to go and do in and around the city. You can hike and bird-watch at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, visit the Gardens of Fox Cities – a non-profit botanical garden and arboretum in Appleton Memorial Park, catch a comedy show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, gawk at vintage cars at the Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet, or do some light (or heavy) shopping at the Fox River Mall. Want to plan a day trip to Green Bay? You can do that too since it’s only an hour away!