The Packers Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour that traverses locations relating to the history of the Green Bay Packers. 22 of the sites have bronze commemorative plaques. 21 sites are located within a two-mile radius of downtown Green Bay.
|Packers Heritage Trail|
|Location||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|Trailheads||Neville Public Museum of Brown County|
The Packers Heritage Trail Plaza is a public art plaza located at the northeast corner of Washington and Cherry streets in downtown Green Bay. It houses statues of pro football and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame members Paul Hornung and Johnny Blood, and team co-founder George Whitney Calhoun.
The Bellin Building is a historic office building constructed by the Bellin-Buchanan Building Co. on the corner of East Walnut St. and S. Washington St. in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building is a waypoint on the Packers Heritage Trail.
The Bellin Building was built in 1915, which is the first example of Chicago-style architecture using a terracotta face with ornate bevel features. Dr. Julius Bellin, a physician and surgeon, built it for use as offices for physicians, dentists, and other medical practices. Dr. Julius owned the building from 1915 to 1972. The building was purchased by Robert C. Safford in 1972 who owned it until 2006, after which the current investment group purchased it.
In 1924, the eighth and ninth floors were added as a penthouse. A unique feature of the building is a manual elevator is built in 1947, which is one of the few existing in the United States.Brown County Courthouse (Wisconsin)
The Brown County Courthouse located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its artistic and architectural significance in 1976. The courthouse is a waypoint on the Packers Heritage Trail.Chicago and North Western Railway Passenger Depot (Green Bay)
The Chicago and North Western Railway Passenger Depot is a historic building located at 200 Dousman Street in the Broadway District of downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. The depot opened in 1899. Regular passenger service ended in 1971.The depot is on the Packers Heritage Trail and is the location of the Receiver Statue.City Stadium (Green Bay)
City Stadium is an American football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the north side of the Green Bay East High School property.
It was the home of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL from 1925 through 1956. Renovated and downsized, City Stadium remains the home of East High. Prior to 1925, the Packers played home games at nearby Hagemeister Park (the site of East High School itself) and Bellevue Park.Edward N. Martin
Edward N. Martin is the president and CEO of HJ Martin and Son, a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based interior and specialty contractor. Edward joined the company in 1978, and became the third-generation of the family involved in the business.
Martin has served on numerous charitable and business boards. He was active on the Green Bay Packers’ board from 2004 until 2013, and served on the team’s executive committee from 2006 through 2013. He currently is a member of the board of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. In 2014, Martin was appointed to the Trump International-Chicago board of directors. He serves on the Friends of St. Vincent Leadership Council, a community leadership board for Green Bay’s oldest and largest hospital.The Edward & Terri Martin Family Atrium, underwritten with financial support from HJ Martin and Son, was constructed in 2017 as part of the new Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Clinic, which is located in the Green Bay Packers Titletown District. The 3,000 sq. ft. atrium of the clinic faces Lambeau Field and was constructed in part by employees of four divisions of H.J. Martin and Son: Walls & Ceilings, Glass & Glazing, Doors & Hardware and Commercial Flooring.Martin was actively involved in the creation of the P.H. Martin Webster Sports Complex in Allouez, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay. Martin and his wife also sponsored the bronze statue of Green Bay Packer Paul Hornung in the Green Bay Packers Heritage Trail Plaza. In 2014, Martin and his wife received the Notre Dame Academy Founders Award for their work with Catholic education and other religious outreach initiatives.Martin was a co-owner of the horse Titletown Five, with former Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung and Willie Davis and Martin’s sister, Margaret Shade. Titletown Five ran in the 2013 Preakness Stakes.
Martin graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received the Lifetime Achievement award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2009.George Whitney Calhoun
George Whitney Calhoun (September 16, 1890 – December 6, 1963) was an American newspaper editor and co-founder of the Green Bay Packers, a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After establishing the Packers in 1919 with Curly Lambeau, Calhoun served the team in various capacities for 44 years until his death in 1963. Utilizing his editorial job at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he became the team's first publicity director, helping to establish local support and interest. He also served as the first team manager and was a member of the board of directors of the non-profit corporation that owns the team. Although often overshadowed by the more famous Curly Lambeau, Calhoun was instrumental to the early success of the Packers. In recognition of his contributions, Calhoun was elected to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1978.Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 104,057 at the 2010 census. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan's west shore, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay is the principal city of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties; the MSA had a combined population of 306,241 at the 2010 census.Green Bay is an industrial city with several meatpacking plants, paper mills, and a port on Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan known locally as "the Bay of Green Bay". Green Bay hosts the Neville Public Museum, with exhibitions of art, history, and science; the Children's Museum; and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame was the first hall of fame built to honor a single professional American football team. William L. Brault, a Green Bay restaurateur and Packers fan, founded the Hall of Fame in 1966. According to Brault, he got the idea after visitors to Green Bay would repeatedly ask about the Packers' storied history. Sensing opportunity, Brault went to Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, suggesting a "Hall of Fame" should be made to educate tourists about the Packers and their history. Lombardi gave Brault his approval, and according to Brault, as he left, Lombardi called out to him, "Don't screw it up!"
The "Hall" started off as a series of exhibits displayed in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, although it was not a permanent residence, as the exhibits had to be removed each autumn to make room for the Green Bay Bobcats hockey team, which played its home games at the Arena. In 1967, the Packer Hall of Fame Association, a separate corporate entity from the team, was founded and annual induction banquets were subsequently launched in 1970. The Hall did not become a permanent site until 1976 when its new home, an addition to the Brown County Veterans Arena, was formally dedicated on April 3, 1976, by President Gerald R. Ford. Outside of the Hall of Fame was a 'Receiver Statue' that was dedicated to the invention of the Forward Pass.
Over the next 26 years, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame encountered many expansions and renovations. In 2003, renovations to Lambeau Field provided a new home within the new Lambeau Field Atrium for the Hall. Packers legends Bart Starr and Ron Wolf rededicated the Hall on September 4, 2003. The Hall contains a vast array of Packers memorabilia, a re-creation of Vince Lombardi's office, plaques representing each of the inductees and the Lombardi trophies from Green Bay's four Super Bowl wins. As of 2017, the Packers Hall of Fame has inducted 159 people, 24 of whom have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2018 inductees were offensive tackle Mark Tauscher and kicker Ryan Longwell.Green Bay Packers cheerleaders
Several Green Bay Packers cheerleading squads have performed in Green Bay Packers' history. The Packers became one of the first professional football teams to have a cheerleading squad, having first used cheerleaders in 1931. The squad performed for 57 years under three separate names. In 1988, it was decided that the team would cease having a professional squad cheer for them. Since 1988, the team uses collegiate squads in a limited role to cheer during home games.Green Bay Packers records
This article details statistics relating to the Green Bay Packers.HJ Martin and Son
H.J. Martin and Son is an interior and specialty contractor based in Northeast Wisconsin. The privately held company has its headquarters in Green Bay and retail locations in Green Bay and Neenah, Wisconsin. H.J. Martin and Son is currently licensed to do business in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The company employs more than 900 people and specializes in residential, commercial work and retail fixtures.Hotel Northland
The Hotel Northland is a historic hotel located on North Adams Street in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Northland opened on March 21, 1924 as the largest hotel in Wisconsin. Away teams playing against the Green Bay Packers would stay here and it is one of the stops on the Packers Heritage Trail.
Many famous guests stayed at the hotel, such as Lon Chaney, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Vince Lombardi. It was also where Senator Eugene McCarthy - then running for president in the 1968 Democratic Primary - was given the news by Senator Ted Kennedy, that his brother Robert F. Kennedy, would be announcing his presidential run the following day. It was later turned into a senior residence as the Port Plaza Towers, connected to the former mall of the same name.
On December 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited Hotel Northland and signed a bill offering nearly $7 million in tax credits toward a $35 million renovation project aimed at revitalizing the property back to a boutique hotel. Construction began in January 2016. The hotel reopened February 14, 2019 as part of Marriott's Autograph Collection division.List of Green Bay Packers stadiums
The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since their establishment as a professional football team in 1919, the Packers have played home games in eight stadiums. Their first home was Hagemeister Park, where they played from 1919 to 1922, including their first two seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Hagemeister Park was a park owned by the Hagemeister Brewery. During games ropes were set-up around the field and attendees either walked up or parked their cars nearby. After the first season, a small grandstand was built and the field was fenced off. Green Bay East High School was built at the location of Hagemeister Park in 1922, which forced the Packers to move to Bellevue Park, a small minor league baseball stadium that seated about 5,000. They only played for two seasons at Bellevue Park before moving to City Stadium in 1925. Although City Stadium was the Packers' official home field, in 1933 they began to play some of their home games in Milwaukee to attract more fans and revenue. After hosting one game at Borchert Field in 1933, the Packers played two or three home games each year in Milwaukee, at Wisconsin State Fair Park from 1934 to 1951 and at Marquette Stadium in 1952. The games were moved to Milwaukee County Stadium after it opened in 1953 and continued through 1994, after which the Packers moved back to Green Bay permanently.As of 2018, the current home of the Green Bay Packers is Lambeau Field, an 81,435 seating capacity stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin. By the 1950s, City Stadium was seen by the NFL as too small and outdated to host an NFL team. After threats of forcing the team to move to Milwaukee, the City of Green Bay built New City Stadium, which was funded by a voter-approved bond issue, in 1957. In April 1956, Green Bay voters overwhelmingly approved the bond issue to finance the new stadium. After the Packers founder Curly Lambeau died in 1965, the stadium was renamed to Lambeau Field in his honor. Its original capacity was 32,500 seats, although it was continually expanded from 1961 to 1995 to a capacity of 60,890 seats. The stadium was farther renovated from 2001 to 2003 to increase capacity to 72,515, while also updating various aspects of the stadium. Over 7,000 more seats were added to the south endzone in 2013 and the Lambeau Field Atrium was expanded in 2015. These renovations increased the stadium's capacity to 81,435, making it the third largest football stadium in America. Lambeau Field has been continuously ranked as one of the best stadiums in the NFL NFL. As of 2018, it is also the oldest continually operating NFL stadium, with the Packers having completed their 61st season. Only the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field have longer active home-field tenures in American professional sports.Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot
The Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot in Green Bay, Wisconsin was built in 1898 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (also known as The Milwaukee Road) to serve the businesses and residences in Green Bay on the east bank of the Fox River. Two other depots from competing railroads were built on the west bank.Neville Public Museum of Brown County
The Neville Public Museum of Brown County is an accredited cultural institution that champions history, science and art. Located in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, the museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of significant objects relevant to Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The museum seeks to bridge these multi-generational regional communities through engaging exhibits and dynamic programming. The museum is also the trail head for the Packers Heritage Trail.Packers sweep
The Packers sweep, also known as the Lombardi sweep, is an American football play popularized by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The Packers sweep is based on the sweep, a football play that involves a back taking a handoff and running parallel to the line of scrimmage before turning upfield behind lead blockers. The play became noteworthy due to its extensive use by the Packers in the 1960s, when the team won five National Football League (NFL) Championships, as well as the first two Super Bowls. Lombardi used the play as the foundation on which the rest of the team's offensive game plan was built. The dominance of the play, as well as the sustained success of Lombardi's teams in the 1960s, solidified the Packers sweep's reputation as one of the most famous football plays in history.Rockwood Lodge
Rockwood Lodge was the training facility of the Green Bay Packers from 1946 through 1949. Originally built in 1937 as a retreat for a local Norbertine Order, the lodge was purchased by Packers coach and general manager Curly Lambeau in 1943 and then heavily renovated to serve as the Packers training facility, making it the first self-contained training facility in pro football history. Although the facility was state-of-the-art at the time, many members of the Packers franchise and local fans complained of its large cost, distance from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and its poor practice field. The lodge burned down in 1950, with the likely cause being faulty electrical wiring. The Packers received $75,000 in insurance money from the fire, which would be used to help reestablish the Packers long term financial security. Lambeau resigned from the Packers just a week after the fire. The Rockwood Lodge site would go on to be purchased by Brown County, Wisconsin and developed into a public park.St. Willebrord Catholic Church
St. Willebrord Catholic Church is located in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was built by Dutch immigrants, beginning in 1889. The church was dedicated to St. Willibrord. The church is spelled Willebrord (with an "e" in the middle) because stonemasons made a mistake when carving the name. St. Willebrord Catholic Church was a regular place of worship for Vince Lombardi and is one of the stops on the Packers Heritage Trail.
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|Conference championships (9)|
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