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Second-floor bowling alley discovered in Ballston Spa

Building’s history strikes owner’s fancy

An early 1900s bowling alley was discovered on the top floor of 68 Milton Ave. in Ballston Spa while Marotta's Custom Remodeling was ripping up the floors to build an apartment. Paul and Diane Marotta are moving a foot-actuated pin setter out of the way during remodeling.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
An early 1900s bowling alley was discovered on the top floor of 68 Milton Ave. in Ballston Spa while Marotta's Custom Remodeling was ripping up the floors to build an apartment. Paul and Diane Marotta are moving a foot-actuated pin setter out of the way during remodeling.
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The owners of 68 Milton Ave. knew their building in downtown Ballston Spa had had many uses, but the bowling lanes came as a surprise. A renovation project on the second floor has uncovered old pin-setting equipment beneath the floorboards and other evidence there was bowling there a century ago. The two-story building is long and narrow, extending 98 feet deep from Milton Avenue (Route 50) to what was once an alley running toward the ...


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