It’s that time of year to go back to school in East Texas. We know that there will be plenty of homework to be done and many tests along the way but we figured there is no better time than to take a minute to refresh everyone on the history of Rollerskating. Don’t worry, there’s no test at the end!
A few quick facts:
- It’s documented that Rollerskating was invented by a Belgium man named Joseph Merlin in the 1760’s. He created them for a performance at a masquerade where he intended to skate while playing the violin.
- In the 1860’s, James Plimpton of the United States invented a roller skate that had four wheels, two in the front and two in the back. This was the start of a roller skating revolution as he also established the first roller skating rink in New York City. It was there that he taught groups how to skate and even established the first known roller skating association known as The New York Roller Skating Association.
- Roller skating grew in popularity in during the Great Depression as it was an inexpensive activity.
- Roller skating had massive surges in popularity during the 1970’s at the roller discos and the 1990’s when new inline skates were reintroduced.
Today, roller skating is a favorite pastime for all families. Whether it’s a roller skating birthday, school fundraiser or just family fun, roller skating has something to offer just about everyone. Ready to put your skates on? Check out our schedule here