Image: The author of this blog stands ready to roll at the former location of Fiesta Lanes bowling alley. Located on the corner of San Carlos Street and Willard Avenue, Fiesta Lanes closed in 2002 and is now the site of an apartment complex. A new street on the site was named Fiesta Lane in memory of the bowling alley. Photo by Gabriel Ibarra.
Well, it seems as though the heyday of the bowling alley may be over. Bowling always struck me as a rather monotonous game, but I did have fun the one time I played with my grandmother back in the 1960s. Maybe the fact that I was awarded with a milkshake for each strike had something to do with it (I got two)!
Though the 1940s and 1950s are considered bowling’s golden years, I recall the sport still being very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. During that latter period, our neighbor across the street was in a bowling league. He had all of his bowling trophies proudly on display in the dining room china cabinet! And I recall watching bowling on the television with my friend Kevin, and then setting up a makeshift alley in his hallway.
Back in those days, San Jose had numerous bowling alleys. Some of the venues that are now gone include Alma Bowl, Cambrian Bowl, Capitol Lanes (link shows former location), Fiesta Lanes, Futurama Bowl, McKee Bowl, Plaza Lanes, and Moonlite Lanes in Santa Clara. Many of these have given way to housing projects. A few bowling alleys that remain include Bowlero (Oakridge Lanes), 4th Street Bowl, and Bowlmor Lanes in Cupertino.