U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 27
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27: SKI LIFT
Profile America – Friday, January 27th. Everyone who enjoys skiing owes a debt of gratitude to a man they probably haven’t even heard of — Robert Royce of Woodstock, Vermont. This week in 1934, Royce set out to solve the problem of how to get back up the hill for another run down the snow covered slope. Using 900 feet of rope, a tractor wheel fitted to an old Ford car, and some ingenuity, he made the first rope ski tow in the U.S. at Gilbert’s Hill. The news of the convenience spread rapidly — and so did the popularity of skiing. Now, nearly 13 million Americans enjoy alpine skiing and snowboarding each winter season. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 7483
440 International Calendar, Those Were the Days
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1249
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau