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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rose Bowl Lanes

7914 E. 11th St.

 

Tulsa's Historic Route 66

 
Rose Bowl Lanes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Rose Bowl Lanes Marker
Inscription.  Rose Bowl Lanes was constructed in 1962. Architect William Henry Ryan based the unique design on concrete bomb shelters he had seen in Germany during World War I. The free-standing reinforced concrete structure did not need interior supports and could easily house multiple bowling lanes. The unique structure with its two symmetrical concrete domes, bubble gum pink color, and soaring windows quickly became a hotspot when it opened in 1962 as the Rose Bowl Lanes. Boasting audience seating, a game room, food counter and other traditional elements of the 10-pin heyday, it not only drew many locals but also became known for its regional bowling tournaments, drawing people from all over the country. The distinct design and color made it stand out to passers-by on Route 66.

For 45 years, the building entertained bowling enthusiasts along Route 66, changing ownership several times throughout the years until it was purchased by bowling giant AMF. In 2005, the bowling center closed its doors.
 
Erected 2019 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location.

The former Rose Bowl Lanes and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. The former Rose Bowl Lanes and marker.
The Rose Bowl Lanes closed on March 12, 2005.
36° 8.892′ N, 95° 53.661′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is on East 11th Street east of South 73rd Avenue E, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7419 East 11th Street, Tulsa OK 74112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McIntyre Airport (approx. one mile away); Cyrus Avery (approx. 1.7 miles away); International Petroleum Exposition (approx. 2.3 miles away); Wolf Robe Hunt's Indian Trading Post (approx. 2 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 2.7 miles away); Route 66 Motels (approx. 2.8 miles away); Admiral Place (approx. 2.8 miles away); The University of Tulsa. (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
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Rose Bowl Lanes Marker looking west on Old Route 66. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
3. Rose Bowl Lanes Marker looking west on Old Route 66.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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