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Crystal Bowl Lanes

By Mike Watson

The Crystal Bowl Lanes opened for business on Saturday, March 25, 1961 at 104 Reed Street in the old Rice Hardware building, in Columbia, owned and operated by Russ Boaeuf, a Lindsey Wilson Student, according to items in the Adair County News of March 1961. The endeavor was planned as a "family recreation center, for men, wives and children." Bowling shoes, balls and all other accessories were available on-site.

An ad for the Crystal Bowl Lanes, 'Now Open', located at 104 Reed Street, Columbia, Ky., appeared in the News on 29 March 1961. The operational hours were: weekdays from 3:00 pm until midnight, Saturdays from 8:00 am until 2:00 am; and Sundays from noon until midnight.

"The Lindsey Wilson Bowling League opened up Monday night at the Crystal Bowl Lanes and the King Pins team came out on top with a record of four wins and no losses... Come down to the Crystal Bowl Lanes every Monday night and be an observer and root for the team of your choice..."--Adair County News, 19 April 1961, Travis Paul Scott.

Crystal Bowl Lane "will re-open" Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 pm. Come and bring the family and enjoy a good clean sport. Semi-automatic pin setters, plenty of balls to choose from, bowling shoes in all sizes, re-finished lanes. O.G. Wooten, owner, with Deering Furkin and H.L. Hagan, managers. This ad first appeared in the October 11, 1961 issue of the News.

The Lanes was again "Now Open" as of January 10, 1952 operating with the same hours as originally posted. 40 cents per game, 15 cents for shoe rental, free lessons every afternoon until 6 o'clock. Refreshments on site and "Ladies Invited." This ad contained a coupon to clip for 25 cents toward any game between 6 and 7 pm any day of the week. Russ Boaeuf, manager.

Re-opening announced: Crystal Bowl Lanes will re-open Saturday, December 1, 1962 under the management of Charles E. Penick of Greensburg. Located on Reed Street next door to the Teen-Age Center. The Lanes offered free bowling lessons every afternoon until 6 pm.

Moonlight bowling was offered every Friday night beginning December 7, 1962 for couples and others, beginning at 10 pm and until a time to be set.

By mid-1963 it appears the sport of bowling began to shift to Campbellsville and league play was periodically reported in the News.

No mention of the Crystal in the News until an ad on December 1, 1965 when it was offered for sale by W.R. Wooten. "Bowling Lanes, six lanes with 40 balls, 8 Brunswick semi-automatic pin spotters, several theatre seats and 20 pair of bowling shoes. Must sell at once."

A Travis Paul Scott May 17, 1961 article in the News on intramural sports stated: "There are four aspects to the Lindsey Wilson intramural program. These are: touch football, basketball, softball, and bowling. Since Russ Boaeuf, a Lindsey Wilson student, opened the bowling alley, a bowling league was started."

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