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Amsterdam’s hills lured bobsledders

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Being a city of hills, Amsterdam was ideal for the winter sport of bobsledding. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, winter coasting carnivals brought visitors from miles around to slide down steep city thoroughfares including Market, Northampton, Bell and Locust. The Amsterdam Daily Democrat gave a full account of a nighttime coasting carnival in February 1887 on Market Street. There was a parade and parties after the races, which went on into the night. ...


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