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.
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