Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

Since October is National Roller Skating Month (yes, it’s really a thing), and today’s the anniversary of a somewhat well-known gunfight:

A roller rink walking distance from the O.K. Corral in the 1880s? Yep. Imagine if the Earps and the Clanton/McLaury bunch had settled their disagreements with a skating competition instead of a gun duel. Everyone knows about the gunfight near the O.K. Corral. Who’d remember—or want to—the Skate-off at Bauer & Baron’s?

Anyway, if you’d like to know what cowboys – some cowboys, anyway – did for fun when they weren’t drinking, gambling, and consorting with nymphs du pavé, here’s a link to my article “Hell on Wheels: When Roller Skating Took Western Towns by Storm” from the October, 2014 issue of Wild West Magazine

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