Roller Skates for Christmas

What did families do for fun during bitter cold winters in 1880s Leadville, Colorado?
          Playing cards and board games at home was popular. There was also indoor roller skating at City Hall.
          An advertisement in the Leadville Daily Herald,  December 23, 1880, reminded everyone that City Hall was open Monday through Saturday for roller skating. Admission was 25 cents. Renting a pair of skates cost 25 cents in the afternoon and 50 cents in the evening.

For more roller skating history and great illustrations, visit Roller Skates in the House: America’s Scandalous Pastime

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