First Rural Power Line

First Rural Power Line (HM1GPX)

Location: West Bend, WI 53090 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 26.037', W 88° 12.981'

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The first strictly rural electric power line in the United States was built in 1919 by West Bend Heating and Lighting Company, which was founded in 1907 by Adam Kuehlthau. It was 24 miles long and served 57 farmers in the townships of West Bend, Barton, Addison and Wayne. Monthly charges were determined by the number of lights in the home.
Marker Number72
Year Placed1969
Placed ByWashington County Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 7:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 401557 N 4809724
Decimal Degrees43.43395000, -88.21635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 26.037', W 88° 12.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 26' 2.22" N, 88° 12' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)262
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1054-1098 Co Hwy B, West Bend WI 53090, US
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