Appleton, Wisconsin, lies on the Fox River with a population of approximately 70,087 (2005). Much of Appleton's population growth is due to Lawrence University. Lawrence University is a private undergraduate university known regionally for the Great Midwest Trivia Contest every January, which is broadcast over the college's radio station.
Historically, hydroelectric power was first generated in Appleton on the Fox River, at the Vulcan Street Plant. The first house to be lit with this power was the Hearthstone house, which is still in existence today. After being closed for a year, the Hearthstone House was re-opened for tours in the summer of 2005. The house is still outfitted with it's original Thomas Edison light fixtures and electroliers. One of the house's other attractions is the “Hydro Adventure Center” which is a hands-on operating model of the earliest hydroelectric station.
For the nature lovers in the area, the Appleton Memorial Park has much to offer. Located with the park, the Gardens of the Fox Cities is 35 acres and is home to the Scheig Learning Center. Here, educational programs are offered for those of all ages on subjects such as gardening, ecology, and natural history. Other entertainment options include the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a minor league baseball team associated with the Seattle Mariners, and the many events that occur at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.