Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Packers Heritage Trail

For all the Packers' long and glorious history, the team's earliest still remain something of a mystery to fans. Even the team itself gets the details wrong. That can be attributed in part to the NFL's general myopia concerning anything before Super Bowl I, and in part to a lack of accessible information about the Packers' first five decades.

That all changed yesterday.

Detail from a slide shown during a presentation on the Packers Heritage Trail, a new walking tour of historic Packers sites in Green Bay, at the Neville Public Museum on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Yesterday, plans for the new "Packers Heritage Trail" were unveiled at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay.

The trail is the brainchild of Cliff Christl, former Green Bay Press-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer. Christl, who covered the Packers from 1974-2007, just might know more about the team's history than anyone alive.

The walking trail will incorporate 22 bronze plaques over a 4½ mile path commemorating significant locations in Packer history, spanning the eras from Curly Lambeau to Vince Lombardi.

Images of the plaques have also been released:

This looks amazing. I can't wait to check it out.

UPDATE:   the signs are being installed:

D.J. Folkman of Lawrence-based Jones Sign on Wednesday finishes installing a 180-pound brass plaque as part of the Packers Heritage Trail Foundation at the Green Bay Press-Gazette offices, 435 E. Walnut St. The plaque is one of 22 to be displayed as part of on the Packers Heritage Trail in Green Bay that cover Packers history. The Press-Gazette plaque notes that Andrew Turnbull, one of the original Press-Gazette owners, served as the Packers first president from 1923 to 1927.

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