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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.
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 days 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 as a cigar factory, an ice cream parlor, a laundry and a flophouse.

The Press-Gazette was founded June 29, 1915.

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Associated Bank
"The First Bank of
Marker and Associated Bank building image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, circa June 8, 2012
2. Marker and Associated Bank building
the Packers"
Photo: Courtesy of Neville Public Museum of Brown County
 
Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
 
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.
 
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); Green Bay Press-Gazette (about 600 feet away); Columbus Community Club (about 700 feet away); Bellin Building (about 800 feet away); Brown County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brown County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles 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 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 Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Marker and Associated Bank building image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
3. Marker and Associated Bank building
 

2. Official Packers web site history page. (Submitted on September 20, 2013, by Trevor Morris of Fond du lac, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on June 14, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 12, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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