Gutter Ball

Written by Douglas Towne Category: History Issue: July 2013


Located in Sunnyslope, Spanish Trails broke ground in 1963 but floundered as Hall’s hospital and medical licenses were revoked.

The cavernous, 65,000-square-foot bowling alley finally opened in 1980, after Dr. Hall received a $300,000 loan to settle a bank fraud charge involving convicted land swindler Howard Woodall. Dr. Hall and his wife, Nancy, ran the 32-lane alley for a year before the property was foreclosed. There were no disco balls or escargot, only shoe rentals and hamburgers. Spanish Trails later became Pruitt’s Furniture, Apollo College, and a church until its current tenant, Castle Sports Club, moved in. “It’s a very oppressive, dark building,” Walter Hall says. “The place reminds me of a torture chamber.”