Workplace Perks Circa 1912 - Wow Photo Wednesday

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I went to CU Denver for year when it was still housed in the Tramway building. The office building part was used by Administration and the tram car "barn" was where the classrooms were. All of the classrooms I had were windowless. I'm told there are still classrooms in use in that building.

The bowling alleys were not available for student use. I can't tell from the photo, were those mechanized lanes? I didn't know there was technology like that in 1912.


If you zoom in on the photo you can see the manual pinsetters (live humans) in the back, behind the pins.


Here at DPL we've obviously got the library/reading room part covered, but how cool would it be if we had a bowling alley too??


Hi Brian,

The bowling lanes at what was then called Mammoth Gardens on Colfax (today the Fillmore) still had "manual" pinsetters when I was a kid in the 1950s. Back then, it was a job similar to that of being a restaurant dishwasher- one for someone who did not have a lot of skills.

And the employee recreational facilities provided in the 1911 Tramway building surely were offset by the company's other labor practices which led to The Tramway strike ten years later, one of the bitterest of that time.


Charles, thanks for reminding us of the Tramway strike. I say sarcastically, the strikers didn't know how good they had it.


Forgive me for this one--but it appears that the tramway employees' strikes weren't limited to the ones in the bowling alley.

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