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Memory of Great Sleds Past:
The brief life of the LWC bedsprings sled

Why there's no sledding on Lindsey Hill today. Powers that be suspected of ending its use; for a very good reason, which has broadcast from time to time, because Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana -CM

About: Great Invention photo essay The Sled to Beat all Sleds

By Martha Berry

Back in the late 1940s we had a winter that had a deep snow.

The boys who lived in the Boys' Dormitory, now demolished, decided to build a sled to go down Lindsey Hill.

The contraption was made of flat bedsprings with a tubular frame.

They cut one frame in half, fastened it someway to the front of the second frame and had a steerable sled that would hold probably 6 or 8 boys. It was quite an attraction.

The only problem with it was that it was not advised to sled down the Hill.

There were metal pipes in the curb where the street went over the creek at the bottom of the Hill that could be lethal if hit.

In fact the rule for not sledding down the Hill was made because a young man, some years earlier, had hit the pipes while sledding and was killed.

The sled didn't last too long, probably because the powers that be caught on to the fun and stopped it. -Martha Berry

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