Posted: Mar 20, 2007 - 5:06 PM GMT
Edited: Mar 21, 2007 - 2:04 PM GMT
Upon reading Jeremy's entry on lost areas in Wisconsin, I thought I try to dig up information of a unique lost area in Evanston IL called Mt. Trashmore. It was a former town landfill which had been rehabilitated and had a rope tow put up on it. I had heard of this small rope tow area years ago, googled it, and found a few entries mentioning its existance at these URLs:
Finally, if you go to Youtube and enter "mt trashmore", it leads to a music video filmed there in the 80's. The opening sequence of the video shows the band climibing the hill, and gives a sense of the expansive view over the otherwise totally flat topography. If you look in the background, you'll see what might be part of an old lift tower.
Professor,Mt. Holly in suburban Detroit(perhaps of Dumb+Dumber fame)is an old landfill and is a good feeder hill for northern Mi."bigger" or should I say wider hills.I believe Cannonburg(Gr.Rapids)is also a former "trashmore,dump.landfill,etc."
There was a thread late fall on adding vertical with one in Ontario that was substantial.I know Caberfae in Cadillac Mi. has been "tweaked" with dozers but the two aforementioned areas are the only "trashmores" in Mi.that I'm aware of.
Pretty sure Dumb and Dumber "Dump" was Brighton. It's a state park. Stayed overnight there once.
Hey Bob,have passed by Brighton numerous times off I-96 going onto M23(Ann Arbor)and saw Brighton,wasn't sure which one was in the movie.Areyou sure it was a former landfill also or was "raised" by dozers or is it natural?Pretty sure it had some "assistance".
Yes this state is "going downhill" fast,economy's in the toilet,bringing300+truckloads of trash from Ontario into the state daily,and now everyone knows we're the "Mt Trashmore" capitol of the world.The lake levels are at historic lows,the fish are dying off,and all I can do is ski small vertical"morains"or poluted garbage filled artificial ski hills with no safety bars,I knew I shoulda stayed in Jersey! They even bring the "quicker picker upper" Rosies diners out here from Jerz to drum up biz.
never had any Mt Laurel,I mean Mt Holly problems in the garden state,it's a xanadu panacea paradise!Heard stories of what may lie in rest in the "meadowlands swamps" besides the rats my dad used to shoot for fun as a kid in Clifton,the garbage attracted all kinds of creatures!
Highlands of Olympia in Oconomowoc, WI is another one. It's changed names since I raced there in the 70s, but is still alive and kicking. The scoop: the highest point between Milwaukee and Madison, the hill has a 205-foot elevation and a 2550-foot runout. The hill features two double chair lifts, one rope tow, and lighted runs.