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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.