756 Kingstown Rd
Wakefield, RI 02879
In 1960 - 61, ten additional centers were opened in Rhode Island. The smallest of these centers was also a Rakatansky design, Old Mountain Lanes. Partners Bernard J Toth, Edward Smith, and J. Horace Caswell introduced ten pin bowling to southern RI on October 1, 1960. The spacious 12 lane center, featuring a coffee shop, babysitting room, meeting room, TV Room, and “air conditioning” was quickly expanded to twenty-four lanes in 1961.
During the early years, the “Bowling Alley” operated around the clock accommodating second and third shift workers of the local mills. The coffee shop served up breakfast to the trades and fishermen, and boat loads of “fries, cokes and shakes” to hundreds of high school students who inundated the “alley's” after football and basket ball games. Old Mountain’s first ABC sanctioned “300” game was tossed in 1968 by former South Kingstown High star athlete Joe Harris.
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