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Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson Lith., Kansas City, MO.
Date: 1879
Artist Augustus Koch drew this bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park in Salina, Kansas, in the 1870s and Ramsey, Millett & Hudsen, lithographers of Kansas City, Missouri, created this print in 1879. The print shows the park confined within a bow of the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina. W. R. Geis owned the property and was secretary and manager of the Kansas State Tournament which was held at the park from October 7 - 11, 1879. Besides Geis, tournament organizers included L. C. Wasson, Ottawa; C. J. Kendall, Osage City; J. D. Patterson, Lawrence; Willis Kesler, Salina; D. R. Wagstaff, Salina; W. S. Stambaugh, Abilene. The park included a Swiss cottage (park hotel), a bowling alley, an exposition hall, a flying dutchman merry-go-round, a grand stand and half-mile track, a judge's stand, Vahn's greenhouse, training stables, a ticket office, bird traps and shooting stand, and a river boat steamer called the "Belle of Salina." Since 1977 the park has been home to the annual Smoky Hill River Festival arts fair.


Bowling alley, Howard, Kansas

Bowling alley, Howard, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
The first bowling alley in Howard is pictured in this photograph. Two bowling lanes are pictured, with two men in the shadows behind the pins in each lane. The décor suggests a patriotic theme, with the display of four flags and bunting with a star design. Three handwritten signs are posted prominently: "No Swearing or Betting"; "Ladies are Welcome at Anytime"; and, "No Gentleman Will Spit on the Floor." As noted in the caption inscribed on the photo, the business was owned by L.F. Roberts.


Bowling alley, Howard, Kansas

Bowling alley, Howard, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
An interior view of an early bowling alley owned by L.F. Roberts in Howard, Kansas. Three bowling lanes are pictured. Partially visible is a sign with rules governing the behavior of patrons, advising them to "keep back of foul line." Other rules are not completely visible, but appear to warn against gambling and excessive noise.


Bowling ball

Bowling ball
Date: between 1900 and 1920
Oak bowling ball with two pairs of holes drilled on opposite sides. It was used at Peters Brothers Pool Hall in Burlingame, Kansas, around 1900. It features two sets of holes for different sized fingers.


Bowling pins brooch

Bowling pins brooch
Date: between 1930 and 1959
Costume jewelry brooch featuring a braid-wrapped ball with dangling bowling pins. Ball is formed of pale pink/green/yellow braid wrapped in concentric circles and stitched to front of clear plastic disk with a single red wooden bead. Some braid loops hang past the disk's bottom, and dangling on these loops are ten wooden bowling pins. Pin necks are painted with green, red, blue, or purple bands.


Harland Coffman, bowling in Topeka, Kansas

Harland Coffman, bowling in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Topekan Harland Coffman is bowling in this photograph from the 1960s. Coffman was a lifelong Topekan who played high school, American Legion, minor league, and semi-pro baseball throughout his youth and young adulthood. He pitched for several minor league teams between 1948 and 1953. In the 158 minor league games for which his statistics are available, he achieved an overall record of 62-46, with an ERA of 3.19. In 1952, Coffman participated in the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training camp, but did not make the team roster in the regular season. His professional playing days ended when he suffered an arm injury and opted not to have surgery recommended by doctors to extend his baseball career. After his minor league career, Coffman played several years with the Topeka Decker Oilers, a semi-pro team managed by his father, A.L. 'Pooch' Coffman. In the late 1940s and 1950s, the Decker Oilers were a perennial contender for the state semi-pro baseball title, competing each year in the state tournament held in Wichita. Harland Coffman worked 34 years for the Topeka Capital Journal. He died in 2010 at the age of 81.


Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This colored postcard shows a view of Minnesota Avenue looking east from 6th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. A business building with a large sign reading, "G. Q. Lake, Prescription Druggist," is visible on the left side of the street. Several other business buildings are visible along the street including one the says "Auditorium, Billiards Bowling". A horse-drawn carriage is visible on the left side of the picture, while several automobiles and a street railway car are visible.


Mosby-Mack Motors, Topeka, Kansas

Mosby-Mack Motors, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1935 and 1940
This photograph shows Mosby-Mack Motors, a Ford dealership, at their location on the northwest corner of 11th and Kansas, Topeka, Kansas. Also, visible is Kaw Motors, a Hudson dealership, and a bowling alley. There is also a sign for Hasty Cab Transfer and Storage.


Pool Hall Bill Recommended by Seward

Pool Hall Bill Recommended by Seward
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 9, 1915
This letter from Seward, Kansas citizens requests the State's protection from pool halls and bowling alleys. Included with the letter is a signed petition by the citizens. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Roberts recreation parlor, Howard, Kansas

Roberts recreation parlor, Howard, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This image is of an early bowling alley and recreation parlor in Howard, Kansas. Two bowling lanes are pictured in the foreground, but the featured subject in the photo is a group of four men playing pool or billiards. Several benches face the bowling lanes. A counter to the right of the pool tables includes a display case marked "Candy." Behind the counter is a sign which includes a "Blatz" notation, suggesting that the business also served beer.


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