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Today's trivia (July 12)

Wichitans love bowling with a passion that stretches back more than a century.

One of the first historic references to a bowling alley shows up in the 1878 city directory. J.W. Brown was the owner of a saloon and bowling alley on Douglas between Main and Water.

In the late 1880s, as Wichita expanded at a terrific pace, residents were taking up bowling.

"The Riverside park will be greatly improved this spring," the Wichita Eagle reported on April 17, 1889. "A bowling alley will be one of the features in the dense shades along the Little river."

As the game matured, the places where bowling alleys appeared also changed.

By the beginning of the 20th century, places like Wonderland Park — an amusement park on an island in the Arkansas River — featured a bowling alley. There were also several built in downtown Wichita.

With enough teams participating, the Wichita Women's Bowling Association was incorporated and established in 1935.

In 1945, Woody Jensen, a former major-league baseball player, bought a small bowling center in downtown Wichita. About 10 years later, he moved to the east side and renamed it Rose Bowl East.

Question: What two decades are considered Wichita’s heyday for bowling?

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Answer to Monday’s Question: The first document Jotham Meeker published in Kansas was a 24-page primer in the Delaware language. His Shawnee Sun was the first newspaper printed in Kansas.

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