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

Birthplace Of The Packers

Packers Heritage Trail

Birthplace Of The Packers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert L Weber, circa June 2012
1. Birthplace Of The Packers Marker
Inscription.  The Green Bay Packers were organized on Aug. 11, 1919, in the old Green Bay Press-Gazette building that stood here at 315 Cherry Street. The meeting took place in the editorial department on the second floor.

Two days later, the paper briefly mentioned the meeting in a story headlined: "Indian Packing Plant Squad To Represent City." It was noted that the packing company would supply uniforms, and the team would play its games at Hagemeister Park. On Aug. 14, a second meeting was held here and Curly Lambeau was elected captain. The next day's Press-Gazette referred to the team as the "Packers" for the first time.

Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun called the initial meeting. Lambeau, a former football star at Green Bay East High School, was 21 years old and working at the packing plant. Calhoun was 28 and a member of the paper's editorial staff.

The building in which the Packers were organized opened in 1871 as Crikelair's Opera House. When it was razed in 1948, it was owned by the YWCA and last occupied by Jones Signs. Along with being home to at least three different newspapers over its lifetime, it also served
Marker and Associated Bank building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert L Weber, circa June 8, 2012
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as a cigar factory, an ice cream parlor, a laundry and a flophouse.

The Press-Gazette was founded June 29, 1915.

Sponsored by:
Associated Bank
"The First Bank of the Packers"
Photo: Courtesy of Neville Public Museum of Brown County
Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is August 11, 1919.
Location. 44° 30.879′ N, 88° 0.806′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker is on Cherry Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Hotel Northland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Curly Lambeau's Office Northern Building (about 400 feet away); The Spirit of the Northwest (about 500 feet away); George Whitney Calhoun (about 500 feet away); Starr-Struck Young Girl Seeks an Autograph (about 500 feet away); Liberty Bell Replica (about 500 feet away); Paul Hornung (about 500 feet away); Drumbeat of the Lumberjack Band (about 500 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. This list of Packers Heritage Trail markers was meant to be viewed
Marker and Associated Bank building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
3. Marker and Associated Bank building
in the order listed
Also see . . .
1. Packers Heritage Trail. A walk though Packers history from Lambeau to Lombardi. (Submitted on June 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Official Packers web site history page. (Submitted on September 20, 2013, by Trevor Morris of Fond du lac, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2020, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 12, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 1, 2022