When did bowling reach Arizona?

Paul W. Hughes
Vacaville, California

The earliest bowling alley I found in Arizona was Vogan’s Saloon in Tombstone in 1879. Tombstone was a wealthy town at the time and could afford luxuries, such as bowling alleys, that other frontier towns could not.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015.

If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at

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