Lake City, Minnesota: the birthplace of waterskiing

The Birthplace of Waterskiing

In 1922, Ralph “Sammi” Samuelson became the first person to invent and ride a pair of water skis. But it took decades for him to be recognized as the sport’s founded. Photojournalist Bill Middeke dives into the history in Lake City.

Lake City celebrates being the birthplace of waterskiing with its annual Water Ski Days, held at the end of June each year.