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The End of An Era: The Demolition of Swiss Lanes - Part 2

 

March 9, 2017

Photo courtesy of Kim Tschudy

In this early undated photo from Swiss Lanes, Clayt Engen directs an unidentified bowler.

Correction for last week. Stated the downtown bowling alley burned in 1958-it should have been 1959. In list of area bowling alleys that have closed, Countryside Lanes, between Blanchardville and Hollandale, is closing the end of April.

Never in their wildest dreams could Clayt (Clayton) and Betty Engen have imagined when they built their new bowling alley, Swiss Lanes, that in the next decades the business would become a major social center for the surrounding area.

But first, a bit of history on how Swiss Lanes came into existence. New Glarus had at least two bowling establishments b...



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