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American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame
American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame Photo

406 Main St
Red Wing, MN 55066
United States
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The American Ski Jumping museum is located on the mezzanine level of the St James Hotel.  Red Wing is a beautiful town any time of year, nestled below a huge bluff on the Mississippi River.  If you can make it for the induction ceremony, or at any other time, please visit the museum in the hotel, and take some time to explore this beautiful city.In the year 1887, the sport of ski jumping was in its infancy in the USA.

Norwegian immigrants had brought this sport with them to America, and it caught on in a number of communities with significant Scandinavian populations, and with hills conducive to this exciting sport.  While there’s some disagreement as to where the first actual competition was held, Red Wing was the scene of a tournament won by Mikkel Hemmestvedt, who flew the great distance of ... 37 feet.

The sport thrived in communities large and small, but the number of jumpers dwindled when recreational skiing became popular in the 1950s, and other winter sports also gained in numbers of participants.  Still, ski jumping has continued to thrive in a number communities scattered throughout “snow country” in America.



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The 3-story building known as the Wagon Works was built in the 1860's; over the years the Wagon Works building was home to a number of uses and most recently had fallen into a state of disrepair. The City wondered if the building was beyond repair. The community worked with Knudsen's Caramels & Cheesecake to acquire and finance a top to bottom renovation of the Wagon Works building, which now serves as an example of just how one might take a building from a total state of disrepair to a community treasure. Today, the caramel business is stronger than ever and Knudsen Caramels are distributed nationwide.