St. Louis had been at the epicenter of bowling for decades, with some of the world’s top bowlers having grown up on the lanes in Missouri or moved here to perfect their craft. It only made sense then, that a hall of fame to celebrate their achievements be based in the city where they became famous. So, the International Bowling Hall of Fame joined the St. Louis arch as a popular tourist attraction in 1982.

But despite the fact that the museum drew tens of thousands of fans each year, it would not be “spared” from the wrecking ball in order to construct Busch Stadium III. The museum moved to Texas, which is where you’ll need to “strike” out for, if you want to visit bowling’s pinnacle of pins today.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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