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Lake City in Wabasha County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing

 
 
Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
1. Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing Marker
Inscription. "I decided that if you could ski on snow, you could ski on water." In 1922, after first trying barrel staves, then snow skis, eighteen year old Ralph W. Samuelson succeeded in waterskiing on eight foot long pine boards, steamed in boiling water to curve the tips. During the next fifteen years, Samuelson put on one-man waterskiing exhibitions, donating most of the admission charges to Lake City for the purchase of harbor and park land. Because of Samuelson's pioneering efforts in this popular sport, the American Water Ski Association in 1966 officially recognized Lake City as the birthplace of waterskiing.

[Seal of The Minnesota Historical Society]
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1971

 
Erected 1971 by the Minnesota Historical Society. (Marker Number WB-LKC-093.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 26.79′ N, 92° 15.702′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Minnesota, in Wabasha County. Marker is on South Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 61) south of West Elm Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the Lake City Concourse. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City MN 55041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
2. Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Very Old Fish Story (a few steps from this marker); Louis McCahill Memorial Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Settler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gold Star Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Fort St. Antoine (approx. 2.3 miles away in Wisconsin); Maiden Rock (approx. 4 miles away in Wisconsin); Lake Pepin's Shell Game / In Search of Summer (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ralph Samuelson. Water Ski Hall of Fame. "...on Lake Pepin on July 8, 1925, he became the first water ski jumper." (Submitted on July 31, 2011.) 

2. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory. "Lake City, one of the earliest resort towns in Minnesota, is located on Lake Pepin, which is a widening of the Mississippi River." (Submitted on July 31, 2011.) 
 
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Marker and Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
3. Marker and Harbor
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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