Despite being born in Budapest, the famous escape artist and magician Harry Houdini claims to be from Appleton. He did in fact spend a portion of his childhood here, so maybe he thinks Appleton sounds more exotic than Budapest. It is also where the actor William Dafoe began his acting career at the local Attic Theater and Maury Laws, the music director of movies such as "The Hobbit" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" calls Appleton home.
Originally a trading post and inn, life in Appleton began with fur trading and Native Americans, with settlers arriving in 1847. A city sitting on the Fox River in the state of Wisconsin, Appleton is 160 km from Milwaukee. Nicknamed "Paper Valley", its Fox Valley Technical College was the first school in the United States dedicated to vocational education. It was where the nation's first hydroelectric station was built in 1882 to provide power to two paper mills and you can walk through the first house to have electric power, the Hearthstone, now an historical site. Befitting the center for papermaking there is the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame to meander around once you have had your history lesson at the "Museum at the Castle". The Fox River is the perfect spot for chasing walleye and white bass in its shallow depths or to merrily float around in a houseboat. If you wish to crash your bank account then head to The Fox River Mall for some indoor retail sport of the "must have" variety or if thirsty, head straight to the micro-brewery to indulge in some ale. Funset Boulevard is the place to let the child out by jumping on bumper cars and the Performing Arts Center is for when you crave a bit of culture. For those that need a bit of outdoor activity, the High Cliff State Park on Lake Winnebago is where to go camping or hiking.
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