Postcard from the Ski Scaffold in Duluth

The ski scaffold in this postcard should not be confused with “Big Chester,” the jump that stood in Chester Park from 1924 to 2014. The postmark on this card is March 8, 1912.

Most of the written message on the back of the card is legible, but the names are a little tricky. It looks like the recipient is Miss Lattie Busch in Bemidji.

The message reads:

Hello Lattie. How are you? I am fine. Say is Minnie in Duluth? Write and tell her to find me at 1623 16th Ave. E. Tell her I have great news to tell her, or give me her address. Well how are you girls anyway? Is Tillie in town? Is Luelto home? Greet them for me. Do you remember one year ago? I wish I could. See you girls again. Write soon. –Jennie Lofgre



about 2 years ago

Love the postcard. Amazing to think back to Chester Bowl 100+ years ago. Such a popular spot.


about 2 years ago

The second Lost Duluth documentary has a five-minute segment on ski jumping in Duluth with some really nice film footage of people using the jumps in Chester Bowl through the years. The part that covers ski jumping is between the 40 and 45-minute mark.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

There's a little more ski-jumping footage from Chester Bowl in this film shot by Monnie Goldfine circa 1941, originally posted to PDD in 2020.

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