Honoring the 100Th Anniversary of the Saint Paul Curling Clubby Representative Betty McCollum
Posted on 2013-01-14
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 14, 2013
Ms. McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to the unique
history of the Saint Paul Curling Club on the occasion of the 100th
anniversary of the organization. Since 1912, the club has called Selby
Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota its home. Today, it is the largest
curling club in the United States with more than 1,200 members.
The sport of curling has a deep and rich history in Minnesota's capital city. In 1885 two clubs formed under the names of the Saint Paul Curling Club and the Nushka Curling Club. The first games were played on the frozen Mississippi River near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul. In 1904 the first Saint Paul Curling Club closed and the Capitol City Curling Club was formed the following year. In 1912 the Capitol City and Nushka Curling Clubs merged to form the current Saint Paul Curling Club and the new club took up residence in its current home on Selby Avenue.
During its century on Selby Avenue, the Saint Paul Curling Club has witnessed many changes--seasonal outdoor ice sheets have been upgraded to year round indoor refrigerated rinks; financial woes and declining membership in past decades have given way to booming times and a surge in membership; and a neighborhood in decline has been reborn. Throughout all these changes and more, the Saint Paul Curling Club has remained at 470 Selby Avenue. It has not only survived, it has invested in painstaking restoration as well as expansion of its historic home. Throughout its history on Selby Avenue, the Saint Paul Curling Club has served as a foundation for this neighborhood, which is once again a thriving residential community and bustling destination for dining, shopping, and socializing.
Central to the Saint Paul Curling Club is the sport of curling. Not only is it the largest curling club in the U.S., it has frequently played host to both national and international competitions. The club has hosted numerous bonspiel's, which are curling tournaments, and in 1988 they hosted the USCA Men's Championship. The club is also home to former Olympians from the 2010 Vancouver games, John Benton and Allison Pottinger. The club has helped bring recognition and respect to the City of Saint Paul.
Mr. Speaker, in honor of all the past and present members of the Saint Paul Curling Club, I am pleased to submit this statement for the Congressional Record recognizing the Centennial Anniversary of this Saint Paul landmark.