Revival of retro at Riverside Lanes 


Less than 10 bowling alleys in California retain their original wooden floors. Colusa’s – rich with history – is on that list. 

Riverside Lanes on Main Street has just reopened their doors after having the lanes screened, repaired, sanded, and recoated. 

“We’re a vintage style,” said owner Lynda Silk. “This place has been kept very vintage so it seems like it should have wood.” 

Featured in the Bowling Museum in Reno, Riverside Lanes has been around since the 1960s and used to be connected to the Riverside Hotel, according to Silk, who reopened the bowling alley in 2016 with her business partner, John Moral. Retaining the original integrity of the lanes was first on the agenda. Other projects planned for revitalizing the famous hangout voted “Best Burger in Town” three years running by readers of the Williams Pioneer Review.

The lanes were last given the TLC treatment 20 years ago. 

In the latest project, a total of 19 worn out maple and pine boards were replaced, while resin filled chips and divots in the wood from bowlers that throw overhand.

“It’s smoother,” said veteran bowler Gene Tanner. “They’re nicer. They’ve had a lot of abuse put on them for a lot of the years.”

On Sept. 10, Pro Shop owner Dennis Sanders christened the reopened lanes by sending the first ball gliding down the approach to the pin deck.

Riverside Lanes is located at 420 Main Street and is open every evening except Monday. ■