Two new statues commemorating different aspects of Green Bay Packers history have been installed at the entrance of the Hilton Garden Inn, 1015 Lombardi Ave. The statues are shown on Thursday, July 23, 2009. 'Drive' and 'Power' are the two newest additions in the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends 24-statue series on the one-mile east of Lambeau Field. 'Drive' chronicles the founding of the professional team by Earl 'Curly' Lambeau and George Calhoun of the Green Bay Press-Gazette at the former Cherry Street offices of the newspaper. 'Power' focuses on the three world championship teams and players who earned Green Bay the moniker Titletown. The 14-foot-tall granite, steel and stone monuments weigh 12 tons and are in the shape of a trapezoid. Both statutes contain images of the earliest players of the team. Statues in the series honor the legends and chronicle the legendary moments in the history of Green Bay football. Photo by Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Packer fans walk next to the newest Oneida Nation Walk of Legends monument on Lombardi Avenue east of Oneida Street Sunday, October 5, 2008. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette
Pride: 1895-1918, Drive: 1919-1928, Power: 1929-1933, Talent: 1934-1938,
Valor: 1939-1948, Vision: 1949-1958, Glory: 1959-1968, Honor: 1969-1978,
Faith: 1979-1984, Esteem: 1989-1999, Spirit: 1999-present.
Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Don Hutson, Fuzzy Thurston, Max McGee, Reggie White, Jim Taylor, Johnny Blood McNally, Paul Hornung, Ray Nitschke, Tony Canadeo, Brett Favre.
Watch a video about the Oneida Walk of Legends online at greenbaypressgazette.com.
The Oneida Nation Walk of Legends tour will be getting a little longer next fall.
Corrie Campbell, one half of the duo that worked to create and design the self-guided tour, plans to expand the walk to the west side of Lambeau Field along Ridge Road. The walk already extends down Lombardi Avenue, Tony Canadeo Run, and Brett Favre Pass.
The Lambeau Field renovation in 2003 prompted Campbell and her mother, Sandi, to think about showcasing the area around the stadium. It took the pair more than four years to put up 24 monuments along the walk.
“We wanted families to be able to spend time together walking, taking pictures with the monuments, and learning all about the Packers,” Campbell said. “There’s a very strong educational component to this walk. We wanted people to see the visual representations of history but also read about the history of football in the area.”
After her mother’s recent passing, Campbell said she is looking to continue her mother’s work. Ideas about adding three new monuments are being debated, and first on the list is legendary Packers recruiter Jack Vainisi, who brought Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers together.
“Sandi was working on this expansion prior to her death,” Campbell said. “We had first thought the expansion would be ready in the spring but with my mother’s passing, we’ve had to move the date back.”
Along with the expansion, Campbell hopes to start a nonprofit foundation to preserve the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends.
Of the 24 monuments in the walk, 13 depict individual Packers players and 11 showcase important eras of the area’s football history from 1895 to the present.
“To continue the Walk of Legends would be a great honor, not only in my mom’s name, but in all the names of the people who built this franchise,” Campbell said. “The thread that ties this community together is the Packers. My mom recognized that.”
Campbell has already started designing the new monuments. She hopes the expansion will be as successful as the launch of the original Walk of Legends tour, but things will be a little different without Sandi.
“It’s hard when your mother has been your business partner for so long, but I want to continue her vision and her work.”
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