Origin Of Ten Pin Bowling

Ten pin bowling is not a modern day activity nor was it invented during modern times.  Archeaologists have been digging around for many years searching for historical evidence and physical items and they have found traces of games that have been played almost five thousand years ago resembling bowling games.  When this evidence was dug up, it made bowling one of the oldest sport activities on record.  It’s mind-blowing to think that the ancient Egyptians also participated in bowling games thousands of years ago.

Historians have been trying to puzzle the pieces together and have come up with a theory that states that olden time bowling games did not differ much from the modern ten pin bowling games.  The only difference seems to be that the ancient ten pin bowlers would most likely have enjoyed their bowling games outdoors and these days there are bowling alleys in shopping malls that incorporate loud music and snacks with short bowling matches.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Europe was enjoying games of ninepin bowling and this game made its debut in the US soon after.  Strange as it may sound, bowling became a gambler target and was an underground activity for quite a some time.  A law was then passed in Connecticut outlawing the purchase of ninepin bowling alleys.  This was an attempt to cut down on the amount of gambling that was done around bowling games.

This law paved the way for the modern day ten pin bowling game.  The gamblers figured out that if they added an extra pin to the ninepin bowling game, they could legally play the game and own ten pin bowling alleys, as the Connecticut law only applied to ninepin bowling alleys and games.  When the new ten pin bowling game caught on around the world, it became so much more popular than the ninepin game had ever been.  And to this day, the ten pin tradition carries on in bowling games around the globe.



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