THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: May 31, 2012
A Nonexistent Body of Water
Theres nothing I can do about it, but a new name keeps cropping up in print naming Green Bay, to our east, as The Bay of Green Bay. Apparently they fear that a carload of people going to a Green Bay Packers game will start looking for Lambeau Field in Suamico or Duck Creek and miss the game.
You can search old maps and charts going back two hundred or more years and nowhere will you find a body of water by that name.
We locals have always called it The Bay, and only newcomers or auslanders feel the need to rename it. Place names are important and shouldnt be trifled with. People out west have no need to refer to San Francisco Bay as The Bay of San Francisco nor do folks across the bay use the term The Bay of Sturgeon Bay.
Our beautiful and much loved Green Bay extends from Escanaba on the north to Green Bay to the south, about 90 miles, and though I have lived around here for more than 80 years, I never heard it called The Bay of Green Bay until just recently. Cut it out, youse guys.