Today in 1871: Seattle tries to rollerskate

On October 21, 1871, a man named Mr. Kennedy opened a roller skating rink at what is now 1st and Cherry [historylink]. A couple of weeks later, the editor of the Weekly Intelligencer went and broke his ankle:

One of our townsmen, who was just flattering himself with the idea of having acquired some proficiency as a skatist … while making a round on the rollers, at the Pavilion … got himself into an ungainly ‘posish,’ when the skate he was for the instant turning upon in a twinkling left him in the lurch. In gravitating to the floor, which he did with inconceivable rapidity, and that, too, without the least restraint over the grotesque contortions and genuflections [sic] of his limbs he went down in an unseemly pile, sustaining considerable injury.

The opening was attended by 100 or so people who skated all day long and then cleared the floor for dancing at 9:00.

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