Roller skating was very popular in Bartlesville beginning with the Coliseum Roof Garden located downtown Bartlesville. Their grand open was December 4, 1908. Thereafter, every decade had at least one popular skating venue.
The Moonlight Roller Rink (spelled 2 different ways in their ads) opened for business at the Mound in a large tent. The grand open took place on Saturday, March 7, 1953, however, it didn’t last long. A huge snow and sleet storm blew in on April 19, 1953, and the skating rink tent became coated with ice and was destroyed.
As a result, there were never any other skating rinks at the Mound, and downtown brick buildings were the preferred venues for skating rinks since that time.
Also, on a side note, in this same storm nearly 100 head of yearling cattle brought in three days earlier from South Texas to feed on Oklahoma’s bluestem pastures were trampled and frozen to death during the storm!
~WILDCAT WANDERINGS~ I remember when we went to school at Central Junior High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma circa 1963-1965. The most important part of my life was the skating rink! I remember going with sis Linda Spears, and meeting up with Sue Smith, Barbara Cornelius, Nettie Rickman, Carty Thornbrugh, Donna Thornbrugh, and so many more!!! I think most people have a skating rink in their pre-teen years, and it is a special memory!