Editor's Notebook


March 28, 2024

Last week’s entries in this space about the building of the Simic roller skating rink caused readers to ask about previous roller skating rinks. I don’t have the answers to all their questions but here is some information I gathered from the newspaper accounts about roller rinks in this area. I’m sure I missed many stories and have failed to include some of the rinks.

The first mention found reported on the opening of a roller skating rink in Nelson on Sept. 4, 1884. The next spring the rink held two and a half mile long skating races, one for the guys and one for the girls. The rink was short...

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