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Aztec Bowl (Demolished)
San Diego, CA
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey


Off 30th Street in San Diego resides the local favorite Aztec Bowl. Featuring standard googie lettering on both its marquee and side-wall signage, the Aztec is one of the few remaining survivors of the ten-pin alley age.

Aztec Bowl, 30th St., San Diego
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey

 

UPDATE 07/04 : The Aztec Bowl is no more. This bowling alley has been demolished for condos. Sound familiar? Many thanks to Kimberly Borgen, Anthony Konzen, Amy Peterson, and Ken Lux for update. 07-04

 

Aztec Bowl Lettering at the Zombie Lounge
San Diego, CA
Photo and info courtesy Ken Lux

 

UPDATE 07/05 : The letters for the Aztec Bowl have been located in the San Diego area. The photo to the right includes the remains of the old Aztec Bowl... inside the Zombie Lounge (about a mile east from the old Aztec Bowl). It's a good thing this sign is still in good use. Who doesn't want to waste a great historical sign like that? Many thanks to Ken Lux for this update and photo. 07-05

Aztec Bowl marquee between condos
Photo courtesy Ken Lux

 

UPDATE 06/07 : Well, there are condos here at the old Aztec Bowl site, but so is the Aztec Bowl sign. Many thanks to Ken Lux for this update and photo. 07-05

 

Aztec Bowl
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Here are a couple more shots of the former Aztec Bowl. 07-07

(Far left) The marquee at the Aztec Bowl

(Near left) The bowling alley building which has been demolished

 

 

Cougar Bowl (Palomar Lanes) (Demolished)
Escondido, CA
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey

Cougar Bowl in Escondido sports the familiar block lettering of the bowl-o-rama years.

 

UPDATE 12/06 : The “Palomar Lanes” in Escondido, California is shown as “Cougar Bowl.” The name “Cougar Bowl” was an aberration that only lasted a year or so. The real name from the beginning and once again at the end was “Palomar Lanes.” A historic portion of the building adjacent to the entrance was constructed to look like the Hale 200” telescope observatory dome. Unfortunately, Palomar Lanes was demolished a few years back now to make way for some rather ugly high rise condos (which are just now being completed). Many thanks to Dan Cook for update. 12-06

 

 

 

Surf Bowl
Oceanside, CA
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey

Surf Bowl in Oceanside is in the middle of a main drag through the city. If traffic gets too heavy, stopover for some 'surf & bowl'.

To the near right is the Surf Bowl pre-2000. The marquee has received a nice face lift and color scheme as seen to the far right.

Surf Bowl
Oceanside, CA
Photo courtesy Jimmy Bowman

 

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