Bowling Museum Leaving St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen

KMOX is reporting that the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is leaving St. Louis by the end of this year for a new home in Arlington, Texas. The attraction was the only part of Ballpark Village that could not be characterized as an eyesore. Its departure out of the development quagmire there is no surprise, but its move out of St. Louis is a stunning blow to a city that once took its bowling seriously. There’s something sad about losing any national museum — especially since we have so few. Meanwhile the only regulation-sized bowling lanes that remain open within the city limits are operated by churches.