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Location DB > United States > Wisconsin > Appleton > Foremost Farms Dairy
Foremost Farms Dairy
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created by relik on 10/7/2013 3:09 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/2/2022 12:52 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
At the time, the world's largest whey plant. Also home to the world's first hydroelectric power station. Additions to plant itself were added over time (which can be noticed while within), and numerous dairy products were produced over the years.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
935 E. John St.
Appleton, Wisconsin
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Site of the world's first hydroelectic power station.
    A hydroelectic setup of sorts still resided in the basement, up until demolition.

    Mythed Appleton Catacombs entrance somewhere in basement, never found before demolition.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1882
    Closed: 2003
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    The John Street plant was the third industry to operate from this site, which previously housed a paper mill.

    It was the Western Condensing Company's (who was later a subsidiary of Foremost Dairies, Inc.) largest operation under one roof and also the world's largest whey plant.

    The site also once housed the world's first hydroelectric power station, to which even giant dams owe their existence.
    Western was established at this location in 1939.

    Because the building was larger than what was needed, the decision was made to share the space with another company sympathetic to Western. They welcomed the Golden State Company of California to begin their first operations in Wisconsin. Golden State began to operate a dry skim milk plant, while Western still focused on their feed whey operation.
    In 1948, Golden State decided to close up their Wisconsin venture. At this time, Western was in the process of fitting production facilities with a new venture, edible whey. Western absorbed the Golden State employees and took over the spacious mill. The first ever edible whey was then produced here.

    Interestingly enough, in the 1950s, Western and Golden State are again associated, as corporate members of Foremost Dairies, Inc.

    The John Street Plant is then four plants under one roof. Feed whey and crude sugar are produced in the whey plant, and edible whey and U.S.P. sugar are produced in the milk plant.

    Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative, Baraboo, Wis., acquired the Appleton plant in 1984 from Foremost-McKesson Corp., San Francisco. On Jan. 1, 1995, Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative and Golden Guernsey Dairy Cooperative, Milwaukee, consolidated and became Foremost Farms USA. The Appleton plant manufactured whey ingredients for the infant formula market and was part of Foremost Farms USA until it was closed in 2003.
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     Future Plans
    The land that once housed the plant is now an empty field. Future unknown.

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    Foremost Farms Dairy
    Sun, Apr 24th, 2011
    posted by relik
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    Foremost Farms Dairy revisit
    Thu, Jul 14th, 2011
    posted by relik
    17 pictures
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    Granted Permission
    Tue, Jan 10th, 2012
    posted by relik
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/2/2022 12:52 AM.

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  • on Dec 2 22 at 0:52, Emperor Wang validated this location
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  • on Jun 19 14 at 2:28, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:47, relik added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:45, relik updated gallery Granted Permission
  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:45, relik updated gallery Granted permission
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  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:43, relik updated gallery Foremost Farms Dairy revisit
  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:43, relik updated gallery Foremost Farms Dairy revisit
  • on Jun 16 14 at 18:41, relik added some pictures to a gallery
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