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Plaza Lanes Bowling Alley nominated for Historic National Register

By Jebb Johnston

Daily Corinthian

The vintage charm of the Plaza Lanes Bowling Alley could get some special recognition.

The East Shiloh Road business will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Mississippi National Review Board will make a determination at its meeting on March 21 at the Charlotte Capers Building in Jackson.

Not much has changed at the business, which opened in August 1960, and has remained a favorite hangout through the years. While out around town recently, Curry spoke with a woman who said she met her husband at the bowling alley many years earlier.

"We hear those kinds of stories all the time," he said.

The older bowling alleys are decreasing in number across the U.S.

"We've come to the point that if you want to be the state of the art, you've got to completely redo it," said Curry. "It costs most of the time more to do that than it would just to build a new one."

A trip to Plaza Lanes can be like stepping back in time.

"Ours has still got the original pool table," said Curry. "The building is the same. We've still got those same chairs in the restaurant from 1960 when it was built."

Curry is getting ready to put in new lanes and has put the business up for sale. He is stipulating to potential buyers that it continue to be operated as a bowling alley.

The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government's official list of historic properties worthy of preservation because of their significance to local, state or national history.

The name of the person who submitted the bowling alley for consideration was not given in a notification letter from the Mississippi Department of Archives And History.