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C. W. Lowe's Tent Rink

On January 17, 1914, the C.W. Lowe family opened a portable roller skating rink in Craig Missouri. The rink had a 60 x 120 square foot maple skating floor that could accommodate five hundred skaters with room for nearly three hundred spectators. Canvas sides could be lowered in bad weather. Stoves were provided to warm resting skaters and a Vulitzer organ provided music and ambiance.

Staying only four months in each location to avoid waning enthusiasm, the Lowe's and their rink traveled all over the United States, primarily in the South and Midwest. The Lowe's operated in smaller towns for ease of attracting rural crowds eager for novel entertainment. According to a Kansas newspaper young people "are so crazy over the rollers that they drive, motor or even walk to the Lowe's skating tent."

National Museum of Roller Skating Audio Tour - Museum Proper
  1. The First Roller Skates
  2. Patented Roller Skates
  3. The Father of the Modern Roller Skating
  4. Rinking
  5. The "Newest" Craze
  6. The Disco Era
  7. Pop Culture! Skating in Lines: Roller Skating and Comics
  8. Pop Culture! Orchestras, Organs, & Disco: Music in the Rink
  9. Pop Culture! Movies: Roller Skating Across the Silver Screen
  10. Competition: The History of Hockey on Wheels
  11. Competition - Speed Skating
  12. Competition - Dance Skating
  13. Competition - Figure Skating
  14. Competition - Derby
  15. C. W. Lowe's Tent Rink
  16. When Skating Goes to War
  17. Skating for Others
  18. Roller Skating Car Hops
  19. Jam Skating
  20. Extravaganza on Wheels: The Skating Vanities
  21. Vaudeville