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“Secret” Bowling Facility Features Old-School System

It’s a little known fact, and one of the best kept secrets in Grass Valley… a bowling alley in a historic building. The Grass Valley Veteran’s Building has four lanes in the basement. What is special about the lanes is that it is only partially automated. The pin setting and ball return are done with manual labor.

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pinsettingDawson and his younger brother were manning the pin setting station during one of the two nights that the lanes are open. Dawson says the job is a challenge.

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The job is very physical and takes commitment to be a pin setter.

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bowlingThe alley is only for members of the bowling league which is limited to 8 teams total- four bowling each night, two nights a week. That’s why members try to keep the bowling alley on the down-low because there is no open bowling for the public. One of the bowlers, Randy, says that bowling at the Vets Building is not like bowling at commercial lanes.*

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A big reason the lanes are kept somewhat secret…most of the bowlers have been with their team for many years. Openings for new players are a rare occurrence.

1 Comment

March 2, 2015

Paul Johnson

My Bother in law, Robert Cannon. as a young child was a pin setter at the Empire mine basement, with pin setting and ball return are done with manual labor.

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