Mount Trashmore (Illinois)

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Coordinates: 42°01′24″N 87°42′20″W / 42.023452°N 87.705597°W / 42.023452; -87.705597

Mount Trashmore is a 65 ft. hill located in Robert E. James Park in Evanston, Illinois. Mount Trashmore is an example of landfill reuse as it was a solid waste landfill that was closed and converted into a park in 1965.

In 1973, Evanston began allowing skiing on Mount Trashmore,[1] installing a tow rope and snow making machines.

Since skiing was prohibited in the 1980s, Mount Trashmore remained a popular sledding and tobogganing hill in the winter,[2][3] as well as a popular destination for runners and hikers in the summer.

In the summer of 1995, Northwestern University football strength and conditioning director, Larry Lilja planted a small Rose Bowl flag at the top of Mount Trashmore and had the Wildcats repeatedly run up the mountain.[4] They went on to play in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1996.


  1. ^ Fuller, Jack (1973-11-29), "Turning garbage into ski slopes", The Chicago Tribune 
  2. ^ Evanston Parks and Recreation - Ice Skating and Sledding [1]  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Kim, John J. (January 16, 2015), "Sledding on Mount Trashmore [2]", The Chicago Tribune  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ LaTourette, Larry, Northwestern Wildcat Football 

External links[edit]

  • Evanston Parks and Recreation - Ice Skating and Sledding [3]
  • Originally made for PBS WTTW-Chicago, this is a rare clip of Orv Pibbs & Band, shot at Mt. Trashmore, in Evanston, Illinois. Although, severely deteriorated due to time, this is a fine representation, of the creative atmosphere of the Chicago music scene at that time.