Above: View of downtown Green Bay CityDeck along the Fox River. Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin. Photo licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International: Chris Rand.
Green Bay, Wisconsin - Famous for the Green Bay Packers and is also the Toilet Paper Capital of the world.
Green Bay is in the northeastern part of Wisconsin, located at the southern end of Green Bay (an arm of Lake Michigan) at the mouth of the Fox River. It is about 90 miles north of Milwaukee. Green Bay is the county seat of Brown County.
Green Bay is an industrial city with several meatpacking plants, paper mills, and a port on Green Bay, known locally as "the Bay of Green Bay".
Green Bay is the home of the Neville Public Museum, with exhibitions of art, history, and science; the Children's Museum; the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay; and the Green Bay Packers.
Samuel de Champlain, the founder of New France, commissioned Jean Nicolet to form a peaceful alliance with Native Americans in the western areas, whose unrest interfered with French fur trade, and to search for a shorter trade route to China through Canada. Nicolet and others had learned from other First Nations of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people, who identified as "People of the Sea", and believed they must reside on or near the Pacific Ocean. Champlain had also heard about natural resources in the area, including fertile soil, forests, and animals. Nicolet began his journey for this new land shortly before winter in 1634. In what later became a French fur-trading route, he sailed up the Ottawa River, through Lake Nipissing and down the French River to Lake Huron, then through the straits of Michilimackinac into Lake Michigan. He is believed to have landed at Red Banks, near the site of the modern-day city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Oldest City in Wisconsin
Nicolet founded a small trading post at Green Bay in 1634, originally named La Baye or La Baie des Puants (French for "the Bay of Stinking Waters"). Nicolet's settlement was one of the oldest European permanent settlements in America and makes it the oldest city in Wisconsin.
Above: Jean Nicolet, landing at the Bay of Green Bay in 1634. Painted by Franz Edward Rohrbeck (1852-1919) in 1910 into the mural in the rotunda of the Brown County Courthouse, Green Bay, Wisconsin. It shows Nicolet wearing a Chinese damask tunic strewn with flowers and birds, and discharging two pistols into the air.
Above: Historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin is the home of the Green Bay Packers (October 3, 2004). Photo licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported: Lordmontu.
Green Bay is the smallest city to have a National Football League franchise, the Green Bay Packers team was founded in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun.
Because of the Packers' 13 Championships (9 NFL championships pre-merger, four (4) Super Bowl championships), Green Bay is one of many cities to have the nickname "Title Town."
Originally called the Indian Packers after the Indian Packing Company, a Delaware-based canned meat packing company with a facility in Green Bay. The football team took its name after Curly Lambeau, a shipping clerk for the company, successfully asked the company's owner, Frank Peck, for money for jerseys and use of the company's athletic field in 1919. The team was renamed the Acme Packers when the Indian Packing Company was absorbed by the Acme Packing Company in 1921. It was as the Acme Packers that the team joined the American Professional Football Association in 1921.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Above: Green Bay, Wisconsin. Coordinates: 44°30′48″N 88°0′57″W
Oldest City in Wisconsin
The Toilet Paper Capital of the World
Above: Bird's eye illustration of Green Bay, Wisconsin (circa 1867).
Above: West side of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic: YF12s.
Above: Map of Green Bay, Wisconsin circa 1835. By The Tourist's Pocket Map Of Michigan Exhibiting Its Internal Improvements Roads Distances &c. by J.H. Young. Philadelphia: Published By S. Augustus Mitchell. 1835. Sold By Mitchell & Hinman No. 6 North Fifth Street. Entered ... 1834 by S. Augustus Mitchell ... Pennsylvania. Engraved by J.H. Young. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported: www.davidrumsey.com.
Above: Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay. Photo By Chris Rand [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons