M&W Bowling Lanes - Gobles MI 

Address: 13151 M-40
City: Gobles
State: MI
Zip: 49055
County: Van Buren
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Update Sept 18th - Betsy Calhoun: John Brown did not buy the lanes until the mid-1970''s from (my grandfather) Fred Miller, who was the original builder (about 1960) and operator, with a partner ("W") who he bought out early on. My grandfather added a popular coin laundry, and later added a bar on the other side of the building. In the early 1970''s, when electric cars first came out (they were very golf cart-like), he obtained a dealership from Sebring Vanguard, a Florida company, and began to make some of the metal buildings (which must have been there prior to the lanes being built) into a retail location. The company went belly up; he''d only taken possession of 3 vehicles that he sold. He tried to retire around 1976 and sold the lanes on land contract, but was obliged to take it back for a year or so. I think it was then that John Brown purchased it.

This alley goes back to the 1960's. The bowling alley is closed but I found the old building hiding among the boats at a storage lot north of town on M-40. I would love to get in there and take a look around.

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Info Updates:
9/18/2023 - Betsy Calhoun
John Brown did not buy the lanes until the mid-1970''s from (my grandfather) Fred Miller, who was the original builder (about 1960) and operator, with a partner ("W") who he bought out early on. My grandfather added a popular coin laundry, and later added a bar on the other side of the building. In the early 1970''s, when electric cars first came out (they were very golf cart-like), he obtained a dealership from Sebring Vanguard, a Florida company, and began to make some of the metal buildings (which must have been there prior to the lanes being built) into a retail location. The company went belly up; he''d only taken possession of 3 vehicles that he sold. He tried to retire around 1976 and sold the lanes on land contract, but was obliged to take it back for a year or so. I think it was then that John Brown purchased it.
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M&W Bowling Lanes - Amazing
Amazing
M&W Bowling Lanes - 1968 Aerial 44Th Ave
1968 Aerial 44Th Ave
M&W Bowling Lanes - 2022 Aerial
2022 Aerial
M&W Bowling Lanes - Street View
Street View
M&W Bowling Lanes - April 1961 Expansion
April 1961 Expansion
M&W Bowling Lanes - Jan 1962 Article
Jan 1962 Article
M&W Bowling Lanes - May 1965 Liquor License
May 1965 Liquor License
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