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Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Downtown Green Bay

Packers Heritage Trail

 
 
Downtown Green Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2012
1. Downtown Green Bay Marker
Inscription.  The Packers were founded in downtown Green Bay in 1919 and have had a presence here ever since.

In 1921, their inaugural season in what is now the NFL, they held their first practice at the Old Courthouse Grounds at the southwest corner of Cherry and Jefferson Streets. Later that year, before the first-ever Packers-Bears game, the Lumberjack Band gathered at DeLair's Cafe on Washington Street and paraded in hunting caps, mackinaws, corduroy pants and high boots en route to catching a midnight train to Chicago.

Curly Lambeau worked as a salesman at Stiefel's, a men's clothing store on Washington, for most of the 1920's when he was both coaching and playing for the Packers.

Downtown was where players continued to live, eat, party and mingle with fans into the Glory Years of the 1960s and even beyond. It was the heart of "Titletown," the nickname Green Bay adopted during the Lombardi Dynasty.

That was a special time and the national media flocked to Green Bay to laud those great Packers teams and their larger-than-life coach. In turn, many of them romanticized about downtown's most popular haunts, the
Marker and Hagemeister Park Restaurant along the CityDeck image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2012
2. Marker and Hagemeister Park Restaurant along the CityDeck
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rapturous mood of the people on its streets and how a cherished football team had turned this small, sometimes bitterly cold Midwestern city into a paradise.

Sponsored by:
Ron and Colleen Weyers Family

 
Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
 
Location. 44° 31.025′ N, 88° 0.899′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from North Washington Street south of Mains Street (U.S. 141), on the right when traveling south. This marker is located on the CityDeck behind Hagemeister Park Restaurant. CityDeck is a waterfront, pedestrian only, walkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 North Washington Street, Green Bay WI 54301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Green Bay Road (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fort Howard Story (about 500 feet away); Clarke Hinkle Tugs at a Young Boy's Heartstrings (about 600 feet away); George Whitney Calhoun (about 600 feet away); Paul Hornung (about 600 feet away); Johnny (Blood) McNally (about 600 feet away); Drumbeat of the Lumberjack Band (about
Artwork along the CityDeck image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
3. Artwork along the CityDeck
600 feet away); Starr-Struck Young Girl Seeks an Autograph (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These were meant to be done in the order listed
 
Also see . . .  Packers Heritage Trail. (Submitted on June 14, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona.)
 
Artwork along the CityDeck image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 7, 2012
4. Artwork along the CityDeck
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2020, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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