Wisconsin Vintage Alleys Tour

Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

$99 per person (on/before 9/30/18)
$119 per person (after 9/30/18)



8:00 a.m.:  Depart Milwaukee Park & Ride 40-70 (US 41/45 & Good Hope Rd.)
9:00 a.m.:  Juneau Lanes, Juneau (6 lanes), followed by lunch
This six lane bowling alley in a building built in the 1890’s is our 1st stop and has genuine perfect wooden lanes, old-school overhead projector scoring, above ground ball returns, and the original Brunswick blue colors & gold crown masking unites from the 70’s.  We’ll enjoy lunch before we head north!
12:15 p.m.:  Bruce’s Bar & Bowl, Valders (4 lanes)
The bar was built in 1897 with lanes added in the 1940’s.  Their motto is “We do it better on wood” and you’ll see why this is one of Yvonne’s favorite stops when we’re there.
2:15 p.m:  Baugniet’s Badger Bowl, Mishicot ( 4 lanes)
The Baugniet’s Badger Bowl building dates back to 1864.  Four lanes were added in the 1940’s, and the rest as they say, is history!  Today, the vintage feel remains with a twist of UW Wisconsin.  Manual scorekeeping, wood lanes and old AMF equipment completes the vintage look.
5:00 p.m.:  T & O Lanes, Oshkosh (16 lanes)
Opened in 1948, this bowling alley still depicts a time when bowling thrived with pinboys.  The classic wood lanes with over-lane ball returns, star shield masking units and wood benches helps to transport you back in time.  Pizza and good times will follow.
8:00 p.m.:  Return to Milwaukee Park & Ride 40-70

Longing for ‘good ol’ days’ of bowling?  Do you wish for wooden lanes, human pinsetters,  scorekeeping with a pencil?  Or do you just love bowling history?  Wisconsin has a proud heritage of bowling.  Take a break from all the modern gadgets and gizmos, and come explore & bowl in some of bowling’s historic landmarks.

BCAW hosted the first ever tour of vintage bowling alleys on October 31, 2017.  The event was a big success in terms of providing opportunities for four of our members to showcase their business.  All were excited with the concept and welcomed our group during our stop to bowl as part of the scheduled 11 hour journey through Jefferson & Dodge counties.  The stops included Strikes, Spares & Spirits in Iron Ridge, Ley’s Bark River lanes in Sullivan, The Fort Atkinson Club and Cornerstone Palmyra Bowl in Palmyra.  

Then in 2018, a second tour was added.  We visited The Fort Atkinson Club, Black Earth Lanes in Black Earth, and Scott’s Rio Lanes in Rio.  Check out photos from both tours.

Our first tour created quite the buzz.  Check out some of the media coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as well as front page coverage in the Sunday (11/5/17) Wisconsin State Journal and La Crosse Tribune to include their online versions.

Links to news articles:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin State Journal
La Crosse Tribune



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