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Windy Knoll:

K-Point: 40 m
Year of construction: 1925
Coordinates: 42.737005, -87.821070 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

Washington Park Hill:

K-Point: 18 m
Year of construction: 1948

Lake Michigan Jump:

K-Point: 15 m
Year of construction: 1948
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Racine Ski Club
Coordinates: 42.737005, -87.821070 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Racine is a small town 10 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and once had several ski jumping hills:
The jump “Windy Knoll” had a very justified name, because during competitions there was regularly a strong wind blowing from north-east. That was quiet dangerous and consequently ver the years the jump was more and more avoided. By the way, the first construction of this jump already lay before the historical Trans-Atlantic flight of Lindbergh and with increasing public interest in alpine hobby skiing in 1930’s the jump more and more folded.
As the local ski club didn’t want to repair the dilapidated hill after World War II, the steel-made inrun tower construction was removed with the target to rebuild it on Mt. Tom, a mountain 18 miles west of the town. There old wooden Mt. Tom jump should be reconstructed, which was unfortunately never realized. The steel parts were sold to Fox River Grove years later.
For the 20-year-club-jubilee in 1948 the ski club decided to make a unique demonstration. Not far from the city at Lake Michigan a temporarily small ski jumping hill was set up. A local ice company donated approximately 14 tons of planed ice including snow cement with which the jump was covered and then the anniversary competition on July 6 became a great success.
The small jump at Washington Park, situated in the middle of Racine, had been existing from end 1950’s until about 1968, but was only used in winter. The jump was removed, when after the summer a civilian fell on the jumping slope, was badly injured and then accused the ski club and the city respectively, because it was communal estate.

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