I need stories and memories from our roller skating neighbors in Gary, Indiana. I know that people from Chicago used to go to Indiana to skate, but I want to hear from people who lived and skated in Gary.
If your roller skated at any of the following rinks, please share your memories in the comment box below.
- Screamin’ Wheels
- Barbara’s Playhouse
A Little Indiana Roller Skating History
The Silver Rollerway was the earliest roller rink I found in Gary. It was opened in 1935 on North Avenue and River Road by Steve and Verlin Seipp.
Also, Regina’s, Barbara’s Playhouse and Screamin’ Wheels were all black-owned roller rinks.
Many thanks to Calvin for being a HUGE supporter of my roller skating research and sharing his time, knowledge and old pluggers and flyers with me.
Were you a resident of Indiana who roller skated in Indiana?
Also, what are the names of other rinks where you skated?
Please share your memories in the comment section below.