Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers, an institution and a legend, are unique.
The only publicly-owned club in professional sports, they were founded as a town team in 1919 by E. L. "Curly" Lambeau, who coached them to six world championships. They acquired their first jerseys by persuading a packing company to put up money for equipment and, originally, played their games in an open field, where fans "passed the hat."
Nurtured into a professional football power that has left a lasting imprint on the sport, they became the first team to win three consecutive National Football League titles (1929-30-31), a feat repeated under Vince Lombardi (1965-66-67) and unequaled. Overall, they have won 11 world championships, more than any other club in league history.
Long a "state" team, annually playing games in Milwaukee as well as Green Bay, the Packers have become a national institution, with fans in all 50 states.
Erected 1977 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 237.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 44° 30.064′ N, 88° 3.351′ W. Marker was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of Lombardi Avenue (U.S. 41) and Oneida Street (County Highway AAA), on the right when traveling east. The official list of the Wisconsin Historical Society states that the marker is in front of the Packer Hall of Fame on the southeast corner of Lombardi Avenue and Oneida Street (across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field). However, with the improvements to Lambeau Field in 2003, the Packer Hall of Fame moved into the new atrium at Lambeau. It is not clear what happened to the marker. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Green Bay WI 54304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Bryan Bartlett Starr (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Love at First Leap (approx. ¼ mile away); Vincent T. (Vince) Lombardi (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert E. Harlan Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau (approx. ¼ mile away); Shantytown Curly Lambeau's Gravesite (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Port & the Environment (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
More about this marker. According to an August 25, 2003 article in the Green Bay Press Gazette entitled "What to do with Packers marker?," this marker, "located outside the entrance of the old Packer Hall of Fame, was left behind this summer when the hall's contents were moved to new quarters at Lambeau Field." The article goes on to state that then Packers President Bob Harlan "said the team and Hall of Fame representatives would discuss a suitable spot for it," and quoted him as saying "We need to talk about proper positioning."
Also see . . .
1. Green Bay Packers. Team website homepage (Submitted on October 25, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. The Green Bay Packers. Pro Football Hall of Fame website entry (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by Trevor Morris of Fond du lac, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,868 times since then and 151 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 6, 2011. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.