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Scandal! Rockwood Lodge Burns to the Ground! Are the Packers to Blame? (dateline: 1/24/1950)

I was putzing around the Internet and happened upon this wonderful piece of Packers history. The short of it is that the Pack was deep in debt due to Curly Lambeau going Hollywood. He bought an old monks' retreat and spruced it up (to the tune of 142,000 of today's dollars) to impress his 3rd wife. He then turned it into the Packers' home during the season - the grounds became the new practice fields and the players were housed on campus with their families.

Four years later, the lodge burned to the ground. Serendipitously, the insurance money was used to pay off the Packers' debts, saving the franchise from looming extinction. It was also the end of the line for Lambeau, who went over to the Chicago Cardinals soon afterward, much to both his and the Packers' relief.

The tale can be read here. Supplemental information about the author's research (which may be more fun than the article itself) is here, and pictures of the Packers of that era may be seen here. It's a fascinating tale, and whether the fire was due to faulty wiring (the official story) or arson has never been determined.

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