Dictionary of Wisconsin History
Search Results for: Keyword: 'Green Bay'
Term: Green Bay (city), Brown Co.
Aerial view of Green Bay, ca. 1948 (WHI-31404)
A community in Brown Co. at latitude 443109N and longitude 0880111W; the county seat of Brown Co.
The earliest description of Green Bay is by Father Claude Dablon, who arrived there in the fall of 1670. Dablon's glowing tribute to Green Bay ranks as one of the best early descriptions of Wisconsin. Many tribes camped at Green Bay seasonally, but the area was (and still is) especially revered by the Ho-Chunk, who hold Red Banks as their place of origin. Father Dablon's account of how the Indians lived at Green Bay in the autumn is in our online Historic Diaries collection.
Description from John W. Hunt's 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer: "GREEN BAY, P. V. The village of Green Bay is an incorporated borough, comprising the town plats of both Navarino and Astor, the former being designated in the act of incorporation as the north, and the latter as the southwards. The town stands in the junction of the Fox and East rivers, on the east bank of the former, and about one mile above the mouth or entrance into Green Bay. The site of the town, although partly low and flat, is handsome and pleasant; the soil is alluvial, with large proportion of sand, which forms dry streets and walks, and proves most excellent for garden and cultivation. The present population of Green Bay proper is about 2,000, and is constantly increasing. The town is laid out with streets and alleys running at right angles. The corporation embraces a tract about one and a half miles in length on Fox river, and about one mile in width from east to west. The buildings are of wood, mostly frame, and many of them very neat and commodious as dwellings, stores, warehouses, offices, &c. The streets are generally of good width, and the lots larger than usually laid out in villages. Directly opposite, on the west shore of Fox river, stands Old Fort Howard, and the new and flourishing town of that name, lately laid out, and now containing a large number of houses, stores and inhabitants. The scenery around Green Bay and on the Fox river, is beautiful; the climate unsurpassed by any in the West for salubrity and healthfulness. It is even, and not subject to sudden change, as in many parts of the United States; and all kinds of fruits and vegetables capable of culture in the eastern, or northern or western States, are easily raised here, and most of them in great perfection and abundance. The bay and river abound with a vast variety of the finny tribe, of delicious and palatable flavor, and wild duck and other game are abundant. The winter season may be said to commence about the first of December, and continues with but slight change or variation, until about the middle or latter part of March. The Fox river is navigable, for six miles from its mouth, to Depere, for the largest class of steamers and vessels navigating the lakes. Its medium width between the two points mentioned is about 1,400 feet. The harbor at Green Bay is one of the most spacious and secure on the whole chain of lakes, and, as a natural one, it is next to Detroit. The geographical position of this place, situated as it is at the head of steamboat navigation on the lakes and upon the Fox river, connecting with the Wisconsin and Mississippi by canal, must necessarily be a commanding one, and it only requires the completion of the public work for the improvement of the Fox and Wisconsin river, to insure its permanent prosperity and future importance as a commercial and manufacturing depot. The principal articles of export from Green Bay and the surrounding country at the present time, are fish, lumber. shingles, and furs and peltries. ..."
Sparks from a steamboat set off a fire which destroyed over a hundred buildings in Green Bay on September 20, 1880.
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Allis, Edward Phelps 1824 - 1889
Allouez, Claude Jean 1622 - 1689
Antigo Silt Loam, State Soil of Wisconsin (Histori
Appleton, Outagamie Co.
Arndt, John Penn 1780 - 1861
Ashwabena [stream], Brown Co.
Astor, Brown Co.
Auto Race-Green Bay to Madison (HIstoric Marker Er
aviation in Wisconsin
Baird, Elizabeth Therese 1810 - 1890
Baird, Henry Samuel 1800 - 1875
Ballou, Daniel W["Ilber","Jr."?] 1824 - 1876
Bay-settlement, Brown Co.
Beall, Samuel Wooton[?] 1807 - 1868
Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin (Historic Marker E
Belgians in Wisconsin
Berceau, Terese 1950
Black Bird, Sauk chief, ca. 1734-?
Black Hawk War (1832)
Blair [origin of place name]
Bluffton, Marquette Co.
Brevoort, Maj. Henry B.
Brown County [origin of place name]
Burke, Timothy 1886 - 1926
Burleson, Solomon Stevens 1833 - 1897
Burnett, Thomas Pendleton 1800 - 1846
Butte des Morts Lake, Little [origin of place name
Byrnes, John W. 1913
Cadle, Richard Fish 1796 - 1857
Cannon, Raymond Joseph 1894 - 1951
Car-Ferry Service (Historic Marker Erected 1964)
Cargill, William Wallace 1844 - 1909
Carhart, John W. 1834 - 1914
Carron, Thomas 1752 - 1817
Catholics in Wisconsin
Catlin, George 1796 - 1872
Chambers Island [origin of place name]
Champlain, Samuel de, 1567-1635.
Charneski, James R. 1935
Civil War: 30th Infantry
Clark, John 1797 - 1854
Clark, Satterlee [Jr.?] 1816 - 1881
Clermont, Alexis 1808 - 1898
Clifford, Gerald Francis 1889 - 1952
Colman, Henry Root 1800 - 1895
Cornell, Robert J. 1919
Cowles, Robert L. 1950
Crandon [brief history]
Crane, Frederika (1854-1930)
Crelie, Joseph 1773 - 1866
Crooks, N. Patrick 1938
Dahl, Theodor Halvorson 1845 - 1923
Dankoler, Harry Edward 1863 - 1955
De Langlade (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
De Pere [brief history]
De Pere, Brown Co.
Deering, A.A. 1888
Delwiche, Edmond Joseph 1874 - 1950
Detroit Island, Green Bay
Dilweg, Gary T. 1937
Dooney's Siding [origin of place name]
Door county [origin of place name]
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Doud, Reuben G. 1830 - 1877
Drzewiecki, Gary F. 1954
Dubay [Dube), John Baptiste 1810 - 1887
Durham boat (maritime)
Dutch in Wisconsin
Eastman, Ben C. 1812 - 1856
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Egg Harbor [origin of place name]
elections in Wisconsin
Ellington, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Ellis, Albert Gallatin 1800 - 1885
Episcopals in Wisconsin
executions in Wisconsin
factory system (fur trade)
Fairchild, Hiram Orlando 1845 - 1925
Farnsworth, William 1796 - 1860
Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (Historic Marker Erected
Favre, Brett Lorenzo, 1969 -
Feingold, Russell D. 1953
first school in Wisconsin
fishing industry in Wisconsin
Fond du Lac County [origin of place name]
Fort Edward Augustus
Fort Howard, Brown Co.
Fort La Baye
Fox and Wisconsin River Improvement Company
Fox River (east-central Wisconsin)
Fox Wars (ca. 1710-1740)
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Franks, Jacob 1760 - 1840
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Germans in Wisconsin
Gibbsville, Sheboygan Co.
Ginty, George Clay 1840 - 1890
Goodrich, Albert Edgar 1826 - 1885
Gorrell, James, dates unverified
Gower, John C. 1941
Grant, Alexander R. 1925
Grass Island, Green Bay
Greek revival (architecture)
Green Bay (body of water)
Green Bay (city), Brown Co.
Green Bay Ethnic Trail (Historic Marker Erected 19
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers (Historic Marker Erected 1977)
Green Bay pinery
Green Bay Union Guards (Civil War)
Green Bay [brief history]
Green Bay [origin of place name]
Green Bay, Town of, Brown Co.
Green, Mark A. 1960
Grignon, Augustin, 1780-1860.
Grignon, Charles Augustin, 1808 - 1862
Grignon, Pierre Sr. 1740 - 1795
Groseilliers, Medard Chouart, Sieur Des 1618 - 168
Hamilton, William Stephen 1797 - 1850
Hansen, Dave 1947
Hazelwood (Historic Marker Erected 1966)
Heritage Hill State Park (Historic Marker Erected
Hiles, George 1825 - 1896
Hinkfuss, Rosemary T. 1931
Horner, John Scott 1802 - 1883
Howard, Town of, Brown Co.
Howard, Village of, Brown Co.
Howe, James Henry 1827 - 1893
Howe, Timothy Otis 1816 - 1883
Hudd, Thomas Richard 1835 - 1896
ice harvesting industry in wisconsin
Indian schools in Wisconsin
Irwin, Robert, jr.
Iverson, Andreas Michael 1823 - 1907
Jackson, Joseph 1812 - 1881
Jews in Wisconsin
Johnson, Jay W. 1943
Jolliet, Louis 1645 - 1700
Juneau County [origin of place name]
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Junkermann, Otto C.
Kafka, Lawrence J. 1898
Katzer, Frederick Xavier 1844 - 1903
Kaukauna [brief history]
Kaukauna, Outagamie Co.
Kellogg, Rufus Bela 1837 - 1891
Kelso, Carol 1945
Kemper, Jackson 1789 - 1870
Kenosha [brief history]
Kewaunee [origin of place name]
Kiel [brief history]
Knaggs Ferry (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Kneeland, Moses 1809 - 1864
Krautbauer, Francis Xavier 1824 - 1885
Krawczyk, Judy 1939
Kustermann, Gustav 1850 - 1919
Kuypers, John Anton 1869 - 1940
Lac Vieux Desert (Historic Marker Erected 1960)
Lahontan, Baron, (Lom D'Arce De Lahontan, Louis Ar
Langlade [origin of place name]
Langlade, Charles Michel 1729 - 1801
Lasee, Frank G. 1961
Lawe, George William 1810 - 1895
Lawe, John 1780 - 1846
Lawson, Alfred W. (1869 - 1954)
Lawton, Barbara 1951
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Righ
Little Green Lake, Marquette Co.
Little Priest, Ho-Chunk chief
logging in Wisconsin
Lombardi, Vincent Thomas 1913 - 1970
Lotto, Myron P. 1925
lumbering in Wisconsin
Manders, Verna M. 1920
manufacturing in Wisconsin
Marin, Joseph, dates unverified
Marin, Paul, 1692-1753
Marinette, Queen [Marinette Chevalier Jacobs] 1793
Marquette, Jacques 1637 - 1675
Marsh, Cutting 1800 - 1873
Martin, Deborah Beaumont 1858 - 1931
Martin, John E. 1891
Martin, Joseph 1878 - 1946
Martin, Morgan Lewis 1805 - 1887
Mass transportation in Wisconsin
Mazzuchelli, Samuel Charles 1806 - 1864
Mccreery, Maud [Leonard] 1883 - 1938
Menominee Reservation (Historic Marker Erected 195
Menominee Treaty of 1831
Menominee Treaty of 1836
Merriman, William Edward 1825 - 1892
Messmer, Sebastian Gebhard 1847 - 1930
Metoxen, John 1770 - 1858
Metz, Sharon 1934
Military Ridge Road
Minahan, Robert Emmet 1858 - 1935
Minahan, Victor Ivan 1881 - 1954
Minor, Edward Sloman 1840 - 1924
Mission of St. Francois Xavier (Historic Marker Er
Mohrsville [origin of place name]
Montgomery, Phil 1957
Moravians in Wisconsin
Navarino, Brown Co.
Navarino, Town of, Brown Co.
Neville, Arthur Courtenay 1850 - 1929
Nicolet, Jean 1598 - 1642
Nikolay, Frank L. 1922
Noque, Bay of
O'Brien, Leo P. 1893
Oconto County [origin of place name]
Oconto River [origin of place name]
Oconto [origin of place name]
Old Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Old Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1961)
Ordway, Moses 1788 - 1870
Ott, Alvin R. (Al) 1949
Pennings, Bernard Henry 1861 - 1955
Pensaukee, Oconto Co.
Pere Marque'ite and Sieur Jolliet (Historic Marker
Perrot, Nicolas 1644 - 1717
Perry, Town of, Brown Co.
Peshtigo [brief history]
Point au Sale, Green Bay
Porlier, Jacques 1765 - 1839
Presidential Visits to Madison
prisons in Wisconsin
Puan, Puans, Puants
Rapides des Peres - Voyageur Park (Historic Marker
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Red Banks (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Ripon, Fond du Lac Co.
roads in Wisconsin (early)
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Rohner, Henry 1919
Roth, Toby 1938
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Saint Francis [brief history]
Sampson, William Harkness 1808 - 1892
Schuette, J[Oachim] H[Einrich] 1821 - 1908
Scott [origin of place name]
Shawano (Historic Marker Erected 1956)
Shawano [brief history]
Sheboygan [brief history]
Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co.
Shepard, Eugene S. 1854 - 1923
Sholes, Charles Clark 1816 - 1867
Sholes, Christopher Latham 1819 - 1890
Shot Tower (Historic Marker Erected 1977)
Sisters, The (islands)
slavery in Wisconsin
Smith, "Red" (Walter W.) 1905 - 1982
Smith, Winfield 1827 - 1899
Souligny, 18th-c. French trader
St. Cosme, Fr. Jean François Buisson de, dates unv
Stambaugh, Samuel C.
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens Point, Portage Co.
Storrow, Samuel Appleton 1787-1837
Sturgeon Bay (body of water)
Suydam, John Voorhees 1810 - 1885
Tank, Nils Otto 1800 - 1864
temperance movement in Wisconsin
The Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1975)
The Name "Wisconsin" (Historic Marker Erected 1994
The Raube Road Site (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Saukville Trails (Historic Marker Erected 1998
The Winnebago Trail (Historic Marker Erected 1978)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Timlin, William Henry 1852 - 1916
Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)
Tomah (Historic Marker Erected 1959)
Tomah, Menominee leader, ca. 1752 -
tornadoes in Wisconsin
underground railroad in Wisconsin
Urban, Frank H. 1930
Utopians in Wisconsin
Van Dreel, Mary Lou E. 1935
Van Roy, Karl 1938
Van Sistine, Jerome 1926
Vanderperren, Cletus 1912
Vieau, Jacques 1757 - 1852
Weber, Becky 1954
Whitney, Daniel 1795 - 1862
Whittlesey, Charles 1808 - 1886
Wilkie, Harold Mclean 1890 - 1950
Williams, Eleazer 1788 - 1858
Winnebago War (1827)
Wisconsin (oldest cities and towns)
Wisconsin State Fair Park (Historic Marker Erected
Wisconsin's Maritime Industries (Historic Marker E
Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper: The Milwaukee Sentin
Wolf, William Henry 1828 - 1901