Fond du Lac Park’s Winter Sports Center: The Lake Placid of the Northwest

The subject of Fond du Lac’s old Winter Sports Center came up on PDD once before, about a year ago. Earlier this week, I came across this Feb. 4, 1940, Duluth News Tribune clipping at the Duluth Public Library, reporting on construction of the ski jumping hill and amenities.

The floods of 1972 marked the end of this western Duluth attraction, when the ski jump was removed due to erosion.

Here is a close up of the text of the 1940 article.

And here are the images.

Fond du Lac lodge, favorite stopping off place for outing parties.

Looking downhill from 325-foot ski hill.

WPA workers split fallen timber for the fires.

Two skiers completing cross-country race at end of ski run.

Rustic signs tell you where to go.

Where ski tow will be constructed.

Workmen clearing, leveling off steep ski jump hill.

This picturesque cabin also serves as a warming house.

Picturesque scene along Mission Creek parkway near center.

1 Comment


about 10 years ago

Thanks for finding and posting that, Paul. Great photos!

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