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History of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

Green Bay is Wisconsin's oldest city.
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The area was visited in 1634 by Jean Nicolet, a French explorer who named it La Baye Verte ("The Green Bay") because of the greenish colour of the water. By 1655 a fur-trading post had been established, and Green Bay became the gateway to a trade route that connected the Fox, Wisconsin, and Mississippi rivers. In 1671 Claude-Jean Allouez, a Jesuit, founded a mission at De Pere, and two years later the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet traveled through the bay and southward down the Fox on their journey to the Mississippi River. A fort built by the French (1717) at the mouth of the river became the heart of a small French Canadian fur-trading community until after the French and Indian War (1754–63), when the British took control of the area. British traders called the site Green Bay, and the French name was gradually dropped. The United States took possession after the War of 1812 and built Fort Howard (1816) within the present limits of Green Bay. The city was laid out in the 1830s, and Wisconsin’s earliest newspaper, the Green Bay Intelligencer, appeared in 1833. With the decline of the fur trade and the opening (1825) of the Erie Canal, Green Bay developed as a lumbering and agricultural centre.

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  • 1634 - Trading Post Established
    Jean Nicolet was commissioned by New France’s founder, Samuel de Champlain to form a peaceful alliance with Indians whose unrest was interfering with ...Read MORE...


  • 1821 - the first post office in Wisconsin set up operations in the town of Green Bay.

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  • News 1853 - Great Fire at Green Bay, Wis. - Half the Town Destroyed.
    ALBANY, Monday, Nov. 7.

    The town of Green Bay, Wis., was visited by a destructive fire on Monday night, which consumed some thirty buildings,...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Green Bay
    Green Bat, a thriving post-borough, capital of Brown county, Wisconsin, is situated on the right bank of the Neenah or Fox river, at its mouth, and...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - THE USUAL RESULT. Green Bay Young Man Injured While Alighting from a Train.
    Green Bay, Wis., Sept. 9. - [Special.] - David Anderson and two companions jumped from a slowly moving Chicago & North-Western train Saturday night....Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Green Bay
    Green Bay, a city, capital of Brown co., Wis., is situated at the head or S.W. extremity of Green Bay, and on the right bank of Fox River, at its...Read MORE...


  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    C. & N. W. R. R. Bridge, Green Bay, Wis.
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  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    St. John's Church, Green Bay, Wis.
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  • News 1909 - Diamond Lumber Co.'s Plant Burned.
    GREEN BAY, Wis., July 7. - The plant of the Diamond Lumber Company, at Green Bay, was destroyed by fire early to-day. The loss is estimated at...Read MORE...


  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    Wilner Building
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  • 1916
    Greenbay, a city, port of delivery, and capital of Brown oo., Wis., is situated at the head or SW. extremity of Green Bay, and on the right bank of...Read MORE...


  • 1919 - August 11 - Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponser Indian Packing Company

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  • 1953 - March 17 - WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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  • 1634 - Trading Post Established
    Jean Nicolet was commissioned by New France’s founder, Samuel de Champlain to form a peaceful alliance with Indians whose unrest was interfering with ... Read MORE...

  • 1821 - the first post office in Wisconsin set up operations in the town of Green Bay.

    mentalfloss.com
  • News  1853 - Great Fire at Green Bay, Wis. - Half the Town Destroyed.
    ALBANY, Monday, Nov. 7.

    The town of Green Bay, Wis., was visited by a destructive fire on Monday night, which consumed some thirty buildings,... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Green Bay
    Green Bat, a thriving post-borough, capital of Brown county, Wisconsin, is situated on the right bank of the Neenah or Fox river, at its mouth, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Green Bay
    Green Bay, a city, capital of Brown co., Wis., is situated at the head or S.W. extremity of Green Bay, and on the right bank of Fox River, at its... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - THE USUAL RESULT. Green Bay Young Man Injured While Alighting from a Train.
    Green Bay, Wis., Sept. 9. - [Special.] - David Anderson and two companions jumped from a slowly moving Chicago & North-Western train Saturday night.... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - Diamond Lumber Co.'s Plant Burned.
    GREEN BAY, Wis., July 7. - The plant of the Diamond Lumber Company, at Green Bay, was destroyed by fire early to-day. The loss is estimated at... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Greenbay, a city, port of delivery, and capital of Brown oo., Wis., is situated at the head or SW. extremity of Green Bay, and on the right bank of... Read MORE...

  • 1919 - August 11 - Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponser Indian Packing Company

    historyorb.com
  • 1953 - March 17 - WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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