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Old 11-29-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Bowling has come up in several threads.

The Kings Mountain Herald recently ran an article on the Duckpin Bowling facility in Kings Mountain. In the article it explained how the the public bowling alley was torn down in the 70s. The bowlers were able to salvage lanes which were reconstructed in a private building.

According to the article, this is the last duckpin bowling facility in North Carolina. It is not open to the public. It is league bowling only. The lanes & facility are maintained by the bowlers. They do belong to the National Duckpin Bowling Congress. They use the name of the long-gone bowling alley - Mountain Lanes.

Depending on where you live, even if you love duckpin bowling, I can not imagine that this would work for you. However, if someone has an interest & can make the drive, here's contact information.

National Duckpin Bowling Congress Local Area Contacts
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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That would be AWESOME if it was open to the public.

I was trying to explain duckpin bowling to some freinds last weekend. It was quite popular in the DC / Baltimore area. When I was a kid in the 70's in that area, most bowling alleys were split with half of the lanes being regular 10-pin bowling and the other half being duckpin lanes.

I think it was only fairly common in the Northeast; I know a lot of people who have never even heard of it.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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That would be AWESOME if it was open to the public.

I was trying to explain duckpin bowling to some freinds last weekend. It was quite popular in the DC / Baltimore area. When I was a kid in the 70's in that area, most bowling alleys were split with half of the lanes being regular 10-pin bowling and the other half being duckpin lanes.

I think it was only fairly common in the Northeast; I know a lot of people who have never even heard of it.
I've heard of duckpin bowling off & on over the years. I found a site that gives every location left in the country. Duckpin Locations - Find Bowling Alleys According to it, the lanes in Kings Mountain are open to the public, but according to the newspaper it's not. You could call the guy listed on the 1st link & ask. I tend to believe the newspaper, but maybe you could toss your name in as a sub if someone is out sick. I think that I know where the building is located on York Road, & if I'm right it would be easy access from I 85 or 74.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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It's been a while, but the last time I was at Sports Connection on Ardrey Kell, it looked like they had a few lanes of duckpin bowling. Could have changed by now, or I could have been wrong, but that's what it looked like. Anybody been there recently?
I used to love duckpin bowling when I was a kid!
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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It's been a while, but the last time I was at Sports Connection on Ardrey Kell, it looked like they had a few lanes of duckpin bowling. Could have changed by now, or I could have been wrong, but that's what it looked like. Anybody been there recently?
I used to love duckpin bowling when I was a kid!
Hard to say, but apparently the only sanctioned lanes are in Kings Mountain. Who'd ever guess it? Not me. I didn't know that there was any bowling in town until I read the article. The 2 websites bear it out.

Now there's a potential business for someone looking to start one. I'm sure that the Kings Mountain people would be thrilled to help start something in Charlotte. The newspaper article mentioned that since they are the last group in the state, they have no one to compete against.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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I've heard of duckpin bowling off & on over the years. I found a site that gives every location left in the country. Duckpin Locations - Find Bowling Alleys According to it, the lanes in Kings Mountain are open to the public, but according to the newspaper it's not. You could call the guy listed on the 1st link & ask. I tend to believe the newspaper, but maybe you could toss your name in as a sub if someone is out sick. I think that I know where the building is located on York Road, & if I'm right it would be easy access from I 85 or 74.
I was thinking if its not open to the public, they might be willing to rent it out for a few hours to a group of people if only to help raise a bit of money for its upkeep. I think I'm going to make a note of this number for after the holidays.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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I was thinking if its not open to the public, they might be willing to rent it out for a few hours to a group of people if only to help raise a bit of money for its upkeep. I think I'm going to make a note of this number for after the holidays.
Ya never know. . .

According to the newspaper article, there are transplants bowling in the leagues. At least one man apparently comes from Charlotte.

If the building is where I think it is, it's up the road from exit 8 of I 85. Big E's BBQ is between that building & Exit 8. In January, Old Stone Steakhouse is supposed to open downtown.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:46 PM
 
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Ive gone duckpin bowling a few times when i lived in CT. I liked it, as you can really get the ball down the lane fast. Your hands get really dirty after a few rounds!

Ive also tried candlepin bowling, which i dislike. I prefer 10 pin, but, duckpin is a lot of fun.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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Ive gone duckpin bowling a few times when i lived in CT. I liked it, as you can really get the ball down the lane fast. Your hands get really dirty after a few rounds!

Ive also tried candlepin bowling, which i dislike. I prefer 10 pin, but, duckpin is a lot of fun.
Well, if Tober finds out that open bowling can be arranged. . .

Who'd imagine that there was something of interest in Kings Mountain!
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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It's been a while, but the last time I was at Sports Connection on Ardrey Kell, it looked like they had a few lanes of duckpin bowling. Could have changed by now, or I could have been wrong, but that's what it looked like. Anybody been there recently?
I used to love duckpin bowling when I was a kid!
Sports Connection does not have Duckpin bowling, they have mini-bowling. The mini-bowling uses the same size balls as duckpin bowling (I think) but the lanes are also smaller. They appear to be about half the size of a regular lane. Duckpin bowling uses smaller pins and smaller balls then ten pin bowling, but the lane is the same size. I grew up in Maryland with Duckpin bowling and miss it. But 10 pin is fun and so is the mini-bowling at Sports Connection.
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