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The History of Bowling

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Though Lucky Strike is more than just bowling now, bowling is at the center of Lucky Strike and is a big part of our venues – in Boston, we have 16 lanes of ten-pin bowling.  Have you ever wondered where bowling got its start? We did and we were surprised to see how it all began. Check it out!

The earliest known forms of bowling were documented in Ancient Egypt, painted on the walls of a royal Egyptian tomb in 5200 BC. Remnants of what seemed liked bowling balls and nine vase shaped figures were also found in other tombs during that time. Other interpretations of the game have also been seen during the Roman Empire and in 400 AD Germany as a religious ritual where one would cleanse themselves by rolling a rock into a club.

Not only can bowling be traced back to ancient times, but many kings have enjoyed bowling including King Henry VIII of England. Bowling was first seen in the United States in 1609 when the Dutch East India Company discovered what is now New York City. On their journey over they brought a form of land bowling.

The oldest serving bowling alley opened in 1908 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The alley was in the basement in a local tavern. During the prohibition period in the 1920’s, bowling alleys started to disassociate themselves from saloons which helped the game become more family focused. In 1948, two bowling lanes were installed in the Presidential residence as a birthday gift for President Harry Truman.

The game of bowling has been enjoyed for thousands of years. With different variations of the game transforming over the years. It was in 2003 when Lucky Strike opened our first bowling alley in Hollywood, now guests can bowl at any of our 20 locations nationwide.  Come enjoy the game and knock pins down at Lucky Strike Social Boston!