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By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

Did You Roller Skate under the Big Top?

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on November 28, 2015

roller skating ad

Wisc. State Journal and Capital Times, June 1, 1940

In the “good old summertime,” East Siders could enjoy roller skating under the Big Top where Burr Jones Park is today at East Washington Avenue and the Yahara. Admission was 35 cents at 7pm, and only 25 cents after 9pm, until closing.

Patti Jacobsen found a blurry snapshot of skating girls taken by her father Orwin Jacobsen in his family photo album.
roller skating girls Jacobsen blurry

Were you one of the boys and girls who enjoyed this summer activity? Do you have memories or photographs? To share them with the East Side History Club, call Sarah White at 608-347-7329 or email sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com.

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