From the Vault: Bowling business
“Ren F. Read announces bowling alley for Aspen,” noted The Aspen Times on Aug. 12, 1954. “An announcement was made last week by Ren F. Read, president of Aspen Enterprises that his company would begin construction immediately of a 6 lane bowling alley and restaurant located at the corner of Hunter Street and Cooper Avenue. Mr. Read, an electrical engineer doing consulting service for the Western Slope, purchased the three lots from the Aspen Company and plans to construct a modern steel building to front on Cooper Avenue. The building will be fully insulated and finished, both interior and exterior, to be one of the finest appearing business buildings in Aspen. The width, fronting on Cooper Avenue, will be 60 feet and the depth will be the full lot or 100 feet. There will be 6 alleys occupying 40 feet and the remaining 20 feet will be used for a restaurant and soda fountain. Two small buildings on the site were torn down this week and debris has been burned. Work should start within a few days on the foundation. Mr. Read is moving his family to Aspen where he will live permanently to manage his new business and conduct his consulting service. Mr. Read secured his building permit last week before returning to Denver to complete arrangements for the purchase of equipment for the alleys and the restaurant.” The image above shows the Aspen Lanes bowling alley in the 1950s.
This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org.
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