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Near Fish Creek in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Why Green Bay?

 
 
Why Green Bay? Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. Why Green Bay? Marker
Inscription. When spring burst forth, voyageurs paddled from Montreal, Canada to trade at outposts on the Great Lakes. After the long, white northern winter, they welcomed the green of spring found upon reaching Green Bay. Voyagers identified places by natural features, and, thus called this spot "Green" Bay.

Early accounts tell of abundant fish populations and clear waters. Huge flocks of waterfowl and large marshes point to excellent water quality in the 1600s and 1700s. By the late 1800s human development began causing changes in the water.
 
Location. 45° 9.196′ N, 87° 14.435′ W. Marker is near Fish Creek, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is on Shore Road 2 miles north of Main Street (Wisconsin Highway 42), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is ½ mile north of Skyline Road in Peninsula State Park. Fee area; a vehicle admission sticker is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek WI 54212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Privilege in the Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Shorelines and Sedge Meadows (approx. 1.2 miles away); Island Paradise
Marker and Bay of Green Bay image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. Marker and Bay of Green Bay
foreground island: Little Strawberry Island
(approx. 1.7 miles away); The Alexander Noble House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Thorp Cabin (approx. 1.8 miles away); A State Park System is Formed (approx. 2 miles away); Life on the Ledge (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fish Creek.
 
Also see . . .
1. Origins of the French and English Names for the Bay of Green Bay. (Submitted on July 8, 2014.)
2. Port of Green Bay. History. (Submitted on July 8, 2014.) 

3. Green Bay (Lake Michigan). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 8, 2014.) 

4. 1600-1700's - History of Green Bay. (Submitted on July 8, 2014.)
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Bay of Green Bay image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. Bay of Green Bay
Horseshoe Island
(photo taken from Eagle Tower)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 8, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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