Parker Bohn III bowls on oldest sanctioned bowling lanes

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PBA Tour star Parker Bohn III pays a visit to historic Holler House in Milwaukee, Wisc., home of one of the oldest USBC certified lanes in the U.S. For more info, or to subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com or xtraframe.tv.

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32 Comments on “Parker Bohn III bowls on oldest sanctioned bowling lanes”

  1. I grew up in Milwaukee and had the privilege to bowl here one time. It is an experience. My bowling friend and I hunted through Milwaukee for a open center one holiday and this was the only place we could find. Had a crazy fun time! Glad to see it is still open.

  2. Another old center still operating is the Bryant Lake Bowl, in Minneapolis, Minn. This one has the original pin setting machines, when pins were first set by machine, the old cork and rubber balls, and oil by hand, was very fun bowling there, I tried my modern equipment on these lanes, and could not even keep it on the lane. Was interesting to find the exact same kind of ball that I had when I learned to bowl at 8 yrs old. I did ok with the old rubber and cork ball. I was just going in and bowling, lanes were not freshly dressed, they are sanctioned, as vintage, and they do have league bowling in the winter. I did have to show a couple of young people how to keep score by pencil and paper. I think these were 1950s era, food was good as well, cooked in a vintage bowling alley kitchen.

    1. Holden Village, a camp/retreat center deep in the mountains of WA, has a 4 lane alley that they are in the process of restoring. Refinished the lanes this past fall, and will be tuning up the old Brunswick B-10s this coming spring. Great old alley that was built in 1937, and will hopefully continue going strong into the future.

    2. The setting machines were not invented when these alleys were constructed. Only pin boys. I set pins before the machines were installed.

  3. OMG! I want to go here and try bowling on these lanes some day! It would be an epic experience to have!

  4. Absolutely the coolest thing i’ve ever seen in bowling. There was a very old place in the town I grew up in that had 8 lanes and pin boys and it was the first bowling alley I learned in with my dad but it went out of business when a big bowling alley opened a half mile away. I hardly remember it cause I was only 7 yrs old.. back in 74

  5. I’d like to see a small PBA event there, just to see how modern bowlers, with modern equipment would do on these lanes.

    1. I love hard rubber. I have a rubber on right now and it is hard. Now I’m gonna screw some modern equipment yowza!

    2. Indeed. I say the same thing about pro cycling, see what the best can do with turn of century bikes, etc. Some earlier routes at the Tour De France were over 250 miles…

    3. @Drummachine hell yeah they would be at a huge disadvantage. Strong equipment, high Rev rate and wood lanes? Omg

    4. During covid-19, one of my #BowlatHome activities was setting a tour schedule for all three of the major bowling circuits (PBA, PBA50, PWBA), and simulating them with the final stop of the season for each circuit being the Choice Hotels Classic (like what the PBA used to have in the 90s and the senior challenge). What I hoped to make it was the major champions in each circuit duking it out within their own circuits, and the ultimate champs would go into a 3-bowler winner take all challenge in the “Holler House.” The more interesting hypothetical scenario would be to Belmo on these…he likes throwing over the gutter cup which you really can’t do here.

  6. I was in Milwaukee last year for work and stopped by Holler House. Really interesting place. Bought a t-shirt to remember the place.

  7. I set pins in a 4 lane house up on stilts back around 1946 using spikes, no racks, this brings back memories.

  8. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville N.C. has 2 lanes inside the estate . Construction on the house was finished in like 1894, I would imagine the lanes had been installed by then, or very shortly afterwards… the lanes (By Brunswick) have no makings (arrows or dots) on them.

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