Near Canton in Lincoln County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Canton Ski Hill
A 60 foot ski jump tower stood on the river bluff directly south of this sign. Constructed in 1912 at the urging of Norwegian ski jumpers visiting Canton's Augustana College, it soon became widely popular for the tournaments held by the Sioux Valley Ski Club. The 275 foot vertical drop of the hill and tower attracted several major competitions including the U.S. National Tournaments of 1925, 1930 and 1935. The 1932 U.S. Olympic Team trials were held here during which a record jump of 192 feet was made by Sverre Fretheim. Special trams from Minneapolis, Denver and Chicago brought thousands of spectators to the national meets. Large crowds also attended regional meets which were held annually. Because of a lack of snow in 1937, snow from Lake Okoboji was trucked to the site. 300 men carried it up the hill where warm winds turned it into slush. A sudden drop in temperature turned the slush into ice, forcing the cancellation of the meet, and financially breaking the Sioux Valley Ski club. No further tournaments were held. The landmark tower blew down in 1944.
Erected 1992 by Kong Olav V. Lodge N. 1-483 and the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Location. 43° 18.052′ N, 96° 33.053′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canton SD 57013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians (a few steps from this marker); Augustana – The School on Wheels (a few steps from this marker); Canton (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tri-State Marker (approx. 14.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Canton Ski Hill - SDPB. (Submitted on September 5, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.