Green Bay: Introduction
Green Bay, named for the green-tinted streaks that stripe its bay in springtime, is the seat of Wisconsin's Brown County and the center of a metropolitan statistical area that includes the entire county. The oldest permanent settlement in Wisconsin, Green Bay began as a French fur-trading post and mission that was important to the exploration of the Upper Midwest in the early seventeenth century. Since the nineteenth century the local economy has been based on the lumbering, meat packing, and paper making industries, with a currently expanding service sector. Today Green Bay is known as "the tissue paper capital of America" and is home to the famous Green Bay Packers professional football team. Green Bay was recently named an All-America city and consistently ranks high on "best-places" lists and is noted for being child-friendly and safe.
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