Northville Jump – Northville

In 1923, the Hall brothers, who had moved from Ishpeming to Detroit, were scouting hills on which to build ski jumps. They selected a hill in Northville, near Seven Mile and Edward Hines Drive, probably the one near the north end of Cass Benton Park. They built a wooden scaffold out of 2×6 lumber, and used it for jumping until they built the Rochester and Brighton jumps a few years later.

This link to a book about the history of Northville Michigan displays two pictures of jumpers taken in Northville in 1924, one a picture of Henry Hall in flight. Hall is identified in the caption as Detroit’s World Champion Skier. However, I did not locate a reference to the ski jump in the text. I do not know if this link will continue to function, let me know if it fails.

If you have any information about ski jumping in Northville, lease post it or send it to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.

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One Response to Northville Jump – Northville

  1. FAY HALL says:

    I am Fay Hall, daughter of Henry Hall and niece of the other “Famous Hall Brothers.” I recently replied to a request by Diana Rosone of the Northville Historical Society to supply them with information of the history of the Northville Ski Slide. I sent her 2 wall-plaque pictures, a 48-star American flag for display and a large scrapbook of pictures and news articles of the Northville ski slide and Henry’s life. I have been researching the history of skiing and my father’s contributions to the sport. In 2000, my sister and I traveled to Norway and in 2001 to Michigan to visit all the cities that he made an impact and attempted to meet with people who knew him and to gather stories. I also supplied Brighton with a plaque and scrapbook and am currently preparing the same for Rochester and Farmington Hill. If anyone has information to add to my collection, please contact me. This is the 100th anniversary of Henry Hall’s most memorable world championship jump.
    fayhall@ca.rr.com

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