Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff celebrates 60 years

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

RED BLUFF, Calif. — The end of October marked the 60th anniversary of Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, a bowling alley that opened its doors in 1958 and has remained a fixture in the town ever since.

Business was good for Lariat Bowl on Wednesday. The theme was, "Way Back Wednesday," with everything offered at 1958 prices, meaning games were 25 cents a piece, and shoe rentals were only 10 cents.

Bowlers young and old came out to celebrate.

Much has changed in the six decades since the bowling alley's founding. The owner, Susan McFadyen, reflected on some of those changes.

"Now there's no smoking, there's automatic scoring, there's new modern fixtures, and the lanes have a synthetic overlay, so that's changed quite a bit," McFadyen said.

It was easy to see the changes the bowling alley had undergone since the 1950's. McFadyen laid out old photos of the alley from the early days of its operation, alongside more recent photos of its remodel. And, as a tribute to the customers that have kept it going all those years, a large collage of their photos, arranged in the shape of 60.

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