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Local History
  • Jean Nicolet landed at Red Banks on the eastern shore of Green Bay in 1634. He was the first European to set foot in what is now Wisconsin.

  • The Green Bay Area was settled in 1764, making it the oldest community in Wisconsin.

  • Green Bay had the first Wisconsin post office, established in 1821.

  • Oneida Indian Nation first came to Wisconsin in 1821. Their reservation near Green Bay was established in 1838.

  • The Tank Cottage, located at Heritage Hill State Historical Park, is the oldest original pioneer building in Wisconsin. It was built in 1776 and remodeled several times during the nineteenth century.
Football
  • The "Indian Packers" were established in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun. They were sponsored by the Indian Packing Company. When the company was sold in 1921 to Acme Packing Company, the team changed to "Acme Packers".

  • As the home of the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay is the smallest city in the U.S. to host a professional sports team.

  • The Packers are the only team in the NFL to be owned by the fans.

  • Green Bay is known as "Titletown" to football fans everywhere. The 13-time National Champion Green Bay Packers call Lambeau Field home. Our stadium has been voted the Best NFL Stadium by USA Today Travel (2013).

  • Packers Training Camp runs five weeks starting at the end of July. Practices are open to the public, and usually have 2,000 spectators per practice. Young fans line up near the stadium with their bikes, waiting for the players to emerge. Players ride bikes to the practice field, while the kids run alongside with the player's helmet.
Other Interesting Stuff
  • The Fox River, which divides the cities of Green Bay and De Pere, is one of the few rivers in the world that runs north.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter "Red" Smith grew up in Green Bay.

  • Green Bay has long been known as the "toilet paper capital of the world" because the first splinter-free toilet paper was produced here. The paper industry is still one of the area's largest employers.

  • Two Miss Wisconsin contestants have gone on to become Miss America. Terry Ann Meeuwsen of De Pere took the crown in 1973, and Laura Kaeppeler of Kenosha became Miss America in 2012.

  • Actor Tony Shalhoub grew up in Green Bay, and went to Green Bay East High School.

  • The Green Bay Packers have many famous fans. Singer Justin Timberlake, actor Ryan Reynolds and comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres have all publicly declared their love for the green and gold.

  • Greater Green Bay is the only place in the United States to have a Marian Shrine approved by the Pope.
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