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Colored Skating Rink (Paris, KY)

In 1907, the Eureka Roller Skating Rink for Negroes was located on the corner of 8th Street and Main Street. The building entrance faced Main Street. The location of the building is noted on the attached Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1907.

The City Board of Health closed the Paris Colored skating rink temporarily in 1908. Mayor James M. O'Brien issued a notice to the chief of police for the rink to be closed until further notice. The rink drew its nightly attendance from Bourbon County, which, along with several surrounding counties, had cases of smallpox. Closing the skating rink was a precaution that would hopefully prevent the spread of the disease to the entire community.

For more see the articles "Vaccination in order" and "Colored skating rink closed" in The Bourbon News, 3/13/1908, p. 5.

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