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luv my dayton
792 posts
Jan 06, 2015
12:00 PM
Years ago had borrowed a new sled from a relative. Several friends and I had found a nice hill at hills and dales to go sledding. First trip down it sounded odd,next we saw sparks then third time lots of sparks and when we got to bottom the sled fell apart runners and slats everywhere. Only thing to do was put what was left of it on my cousins porch and split. Guess that's why she never had much to do with the family over the years. Hills and Dales was probably the 'it' place to sled or tobaggan.
93 posts
Jan 06, 2015
1:18 PM
Suicide Hill at Hills and Dales.
I think it was 1967 and someone had brought the hood off of a 57 Chevy to use as a sled/toboggan. It would "seat" about 6 and went down the hill like a bat out of hell. The only real problem was... no steering whatsoever. I don't remember it ever going straight down the hill. Still fun though, good, stupid fun.
280 posts
Jan 06, 2015
6:23 PM
my brother and I used to sled right down the middle of our street. Not much traffic but enough of a hill for sleds. Mom even filmed us on her super 8 camera.
After church one Sunday night our youth group went sledding at Maddin Hills? Not sure that's what I heard later. Went down a hill on a sled with a boy and at the bottom he kissed me on the cheek. First kiss from someone not a relative! Memorable night for sure.
305 posts
Jan 06, 2015
6:36 PM
One other neat place was Ketterings drive way off Southern blvd.Hills and dales was a disaster waiting to happen if you got off the main part.Some of the brave would try to split the trees and that was not pretty.
luv my dayton
794 posts
Jan 07, 2015
5:32 AM
That's for sure olds as remember the emergency vehicles seemed to show up a lot. If kids started the ride down way up have no idea how fast they would have been going. that hill got slicker with the more it packed down and some were barely slowing down when they were getting close to road. Courteous behavior also disappeared as instead of waiting for people to get a safe distance they would start too close to others and bounce off one another. Had that happen as an adult as had one of my small children sitting on with me and a sled came over us sideways which came across my upper leg and left my leg a mess. No open wounds but left a huge knot on leg and horrible bruise. Also flattened the sled.Thankfully my daughter wasn't injured as she was thrown off in pile of snow. Never did go there again.
25 posts
Jan 11, 2015
3:34 PM
I remember splitting the trees at Hills & Dales. I also remember finding a sand trap the hard way. Caught air on the uphill side and sticking my sled into the lip on the downhill side. Ouch.
In the mid '80s they put logs at the bottom of suicide hill to keep us from sledding. Didn't work!
210 posts
Jan 11, 2015
4:43 PM
I'm not sure if they do anymore. But I remember sledding down Englewood Dam. We used the inner tubes from semi tires. Catching lots of air was quite common. As another post pointed out. Steering, or the lack of it, was a problem. Stopping was another one!
38 posts
Jan 12, 2015
12:20 PM
Just down DeWeese Parkway from Triangle park is a street named Drill. It runs past the habitat field by the Boonshock Museum. In the 50's and 60's it was just an open field. Drill Avenue starts up on Ridge Avenue and runs down the river bank toward the Stillwater River. We used to sled down Drill when it hadn't been plowed or when the street got iced over. It was exciting because if you didn't stop when you got to DeWeese you would keep right on going down into the river. The street is much steeper than the big hill at Triangle Park and the sled ride was fast! Seemed like it took forever to drag your sled back up Drill, but the ride down was worth it.
1 post
Jan 25, 2015
6:35 PM
Suicide Hill at Hills and Dales Shopping Center.. I worked as a cashier at Liberal Market close by... We sold a lot of stuff for people going over there sledding.. Everything from Hot Choclate to Ace bandages..& over the counter pain killers. Kettering Hospital close so we could hear the ambulances quite often.
luv my dayton
821 posts
Jan 26, 2015
5:40 AM
Think that hill may get busy with all the current snow. Also hope the ski slope sees some increase in action.Be safe all those who dare to try.
68 posts
Feb 14, 2015
7:14 PM
As hard as it is for me to believe this now, in the late '70s we used to sled down the side of Englewood Dam! Anyone else remember that? I still have a little scar on my chin from where the sled kicked up and sliced me after hitting that bump about halfway down the hill, where the slope leveled off before taking another plunge.
271 posts
Feb 15, 2015
12:08 AM
wolfcreek - That was a pretty steep hill to sled down! I never tried that one myself.

The best time I ever had sledding was when I lived in Shiloh Gardens plat (east of the Salem Mall). There had been an ice storm that left a sheet of ice along the Knollcroft Road sidewalk. Starting at the top of the hill (at Elgin Roof Drive, where Shilohview Elementary was located), we were able to shoot down that icy sidewalk like it was an Olympic luge run. Good fun!
79 posts
Feb 17, 2015
7:37 PM
Kenny, remember that little cemetery on Shiloh, back behind the mall? In high school, we'd hang out there on friday nights and pass around the 3.2 percent...
277 posts
Feb 17, 2015
11:45 PM
wolfcreek - I assume you mean the cemetery on Salem Bend Drive, next to the German Baptist Church? My grandparents are buried there.

Across the road was the old Plantation Country Club location (undeveloped), that eventually became the Cub Foods store.
87 posts
Feb 18, 2015
8:51 PM
That's the one, Kenny. Beautiful little cemetery. Guess we weren't the most respectful kids, but we didn't do any harm I suppose. Just dumb kids.

The old Plantation had the "ruins," right? Exposed foundation, some chimneys and walls crumbling? We'd walk through it on the way from Westbrook Village (where I had friends) enroute to Salem Mall. And I believe that's where poor Judy Kanter was found murdered, though I don't recall the exact location or details. Just remember the terrible news...
280 posts
Feb 18, 2015
10:51 PM
wolfcreek - I never had the opportunity to explore the Plantation Country Club location. I mostly remember it from going to church with my grandparents, and there would always be the sound of people riding dirt bikes through the property on Sunday mornings.

A few years ago, I was researching some old Dayton newspapers on microfilm at the downtown Library, and ran across an article on the Plantation Country Club before construction began (don't remember the date - in the 50's?). It was interesting to see what was planned for the location, including a planning map of the site. I wish I had printed that article when I found it at random.

Judy Kanter was found there in December 1975. According to a 2006 Dayton Daily News article about the cold case, her body was found "lying in a corner of a burnt-out building on a pile of rubble near a chimney flue. She'd been shot in the head with a shotgun". Her body was found by a man and his daughter, who were searching for scrap metal.
146 posts
Feb 19, 2015
9:46 AM
I knew Judy Kanter from high school. She was a very sweet girl. On the night she disappeared, she was walking home from her job at Bill Knapps. Her boyfriend called at the last minute to say he couldn't pick her up. So she decided to walk the short distance home in Westbrooke Village. Her body was found in the ruin about a week later. Her murder has never been solved.
93 posts
Feb 21, 2015
7:29 PM

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