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walking paths, tennis courts, croquet fields, and a bowling
alley—presumably the Island’s first.
The sport of bowling managed to maintain a steady interest,
but it was not until the 1940s that participation in the sport
truly took off. Aided by the invention of the automatic pinsetter,
bowling alleys found their way to every corner of the country by
the 1950s, and by the turn of the next decade, over 28 million
people nationwide were bowling on a regular basis.
Galveston latched onto the trend quickly and easily, and at
one point the island boasted three bowling alleys. Bowl Lanes
of Galveston was located in the center of town at 2402 Avenue
Q1/2, and Mohawk Bowling Alley located at 425 53
rd
Street
was the destination for residents on the west side of town. But
perhaps the most popular and well-loved was Seahorse Bowl at
3424 Seawall Boulevard, whose original, now-vacant building
still bears the name of its successor, Island Bowl.
Opened in February of 1961, Seahorse Bowl was situated just
north of 35
th
and Seawall Boulevard, behind and adjacent to its
namesake, the Seahorse Hotel. A showpiece of the Seawall for
decades that featured curved panoramic glass walls and the
height of affordable luxury for the time, the Seahorse Hotel was
located on the currently undeveloped lot between 33
rd
and 35
th
Streets along the Boulevard.
Seahorse Bowl was formally introduced to the public on
its grand opening weekend, February 18 & 19, 1961, with a
celebration that included free coffee and refreshments all
weekend and a special exhibition game between May Louis
Young from Houston who was considered the best female
bowlers in Texas and one of the top ten female bowlers in
the country, and Pat Sacks, a representative of the Galveston
u
u
C
Boulevard
on the
Fated Pastime
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