Ames Skateland

Skateland opened in May of 1949.  Two well known employees were Jim Kathman, the manager until he retired in 1964, and Winona Milenbusch, the organist who came from Boone to play during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.  Skateland closed in 1968 following a tornado that tore off the roof, which caused the maple flooring to be ruined.

Skateland was constructed by Ben Cole and Son.   The structure measured 90 feet by 150 feet and was constructed with 12 inch concrete block walls and an arched roof.  The wood skating floor ran the full length of the structure and was over 60 feet wide.