Cherokee Lanes

For almost 30 years, Cherokee Lanes hosted local bowlers in men’s, women’s and mixed leagues as well as the casual family outing. Opening in 1965, the 16-alley facility treated participants to other luxuries, like a cocktail lounge, dining room, coffee shop and billiard room. At their height, bowling allies were the “poor man’s country club” because you could play for a nominal fee. In the 1980s, fewer people came to bowl. A name change and a change of ownership didn’t help the sagging attendance. Competition for the recreation dollar was cited as one of the reasons. Cherokee Lanes closed in 1983. Shown in the photo is local bowling enthusiast Irving Melhaff. Thanks to John Melhaff for the photo.