Rose Bowl Lanes

Rose Bowl Lanes (HM2MOW)

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N 36° 8.892', W 95° 53.661'

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7914 E. 11th St.

— Tulsa's Historic Route 66 —

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.
Year Placed2019
Placed ByTulsa Route 66 Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 239594 N 4004267
Decimal Degrees36.14820000, -95.89435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 8.892', W 95° 53.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 8' 53.52" N, 95° 53' 39.66" W
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