Wessington Springs in Jerauld County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rube Goldberg Ski Lift Gadget
A.J. Gebhart designed and built the ski lift assisted by Lloyd Marken. The electric powered apparatus was installed in February of 1956 and kept a 1,200 foot circle of rope rotating to safely pull sled, ski, toboggan, or scoop shovel users back to the top of the old golf course hill. Sam Holman, Mike Mueller, Frank Schryer and A. J. Gebhart of the Chamber's Winter Sports Recreation Committee worked on the ski lift idea and several went to Terry Peak in the Black Hills to get a look at a rope type lift. Warner Motors donated an old car, Don Keeton donated some wheels, and several contractors donated their labor. The city furnished the site and lights for the REA donated poles. It took just four short weeks to take it from a Chamber of Commerce meeting idea to reality.
Location. 44° 4.49′ N, 98° 34.47′ W. Marker is in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, in Jerauld County. Marker is on 228th Street (State Highway 34) 0.3 miles west of Dakota Ave S.. Touch for map. Marker is locate off State Hwy 34 in a wayside park. Marker is in this post office area: Wessington Springs SD 57382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wessington Springs Roadside Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert S. Vessey Stratton Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wessington Springs, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shakespeare Garden/Ann Hathaway Cottage (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Shakespeare Garden (approx. 0.7 miles away).
Categories. • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.