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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Skateland Fire

Skateland was located in the auditorium portion of the old Parker Motor building located at 113 1st Avenue SE. Early in the morning of Sunday, Sept 23, 1962, the upper portion of the building was destroyed by fire. About two years previously the building had been purchased from the Parker Corporation by Dr. Ringo. The building also house the California firm of Ets-Hokin-Galvin Inc. They were involved in laying cable for the Minute Man missile project in the area. By the time the firefighters arrived there was to chance to save the roof and upper story. Damage to the rest of the building was limited as the auditorium had a double layered wooden floor. There had been a dance in Skateland the evening before which may have contributed to the cause of the fire. The buiding is still there and is used as a parking garage. Pictured below is the auditorium on top story of the Parker Garage. This is where skateland was located and this floor was lost in the fire.

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  1. My husband and I actually met at Skateland and regularly skated there with our group of friends. There were two skating clubs at Skatelend, the Magic City Fire Balls and. . .I can't remember the name of the other one! I had two roller skating skirts - one red with black satin lining and also a black one. We stored our skates at Skateland and they burned in the fire! We were also at the "Hop" there the night before.