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Paul Hornung leads tour of Louisville's Portland neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Hall of famer and Louisville native Paul Hornung took a trip down memory lane Wednesday night and let WDRB and about 55 others tag along.

The former football star grew up in Louisville's Portland neighborhood and he gave a tour, raising proceeds for The Portland Museum.

Founded in 1811, Louisville's Portland neighborhood is situated just west of downtown Louisville.

Inside the Portland Museum, you can read all about its history and how it was an independent city up until 1852 until it joined Louisville.

Those were the good ole days for Portland.

"Luxury hotels, massive warehouses, lots of businesses and great steamboat mansions," said local historian Rick Bell.

Inside the museum, you can also read all about Hornung's upbringing.

The retired professional football player grew up just three doors down from the current museum, spending a lot of his childhood on Portland Avenue.

"They've been trying to raise money and keep this place going. We want to because it's part of Portland," Hornung told WDRB.

Hornung led a sold out bus tour Wednesday night taking folks to all the spots that formed who he is today.

The former Packers running back still lives in Louisville but no longer resides in the Portland neighborhood.

"Everything that I wanted as a youngster was here for me. The Marine hospital, where I grew up, Portland Park where I played softball and baseball," he said.

Portland may not be as vibrant as it once was, but we've learned recently local developers are investing, hoping to spark a turnaround.

Bell, a Portland native, says it's just a matter of time before it really takes off.

"People are finally starting to discover that this is really a great section of the city," said Bell.

While they've still got some work to do, Bell believes residents will soon embrace Portland and what it has to offer.

"One of the key things is to make a better connection to downtown. Some of the most interesting buildings in the city are in this part of the city, I think," Bell told WDRB.

You can see a Paul Hornung exhibit on display at The Portland Museum.

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