Visitors can marvel at a working 1890s Corliss Valve Steam Engine, a Brunswick bowling alley and automatic pinsetter
, machine shop equipment from the 1900s, and the local favorite "Made in Michigan" exhibit.
And though we've heard with fascination about the jobs of yesteryear like the pinsetter
(the man who sets the bowling pins up after they've been bowled down), we are rather enthralled with the thought that many of the jobs that are being carried out now are either on their way out or are already irrelevant.
That little deaf kid who used to be a pinsetter
at four bowling alleys growing up in Detroit -- straddling two lanes to set up pins for 10 cents a line -- couldn't be standing up here with the greats of the game being welcomed into their exclusive club.
Last October, Brunswick announced it would slash 750 jobs, move work to lower-cost Mexico, and close or sell some overseas assets, including a bowling pinsetter
plant in China and 15 bowling centers in Asia, Brazil, and Europe.
I have never touched a bowling ball in my life, except as a teenage pinsetter
He also worked at Couture's Bowling Alley as a pinsetter
and at Labonte's Liquors over the years.
Chesterfield sofas are positioned next to eight restored lanes; pinsetters
have been refashioned into chandeliers; and vintage ball-returns now serve as liquor shelves at the horseshoe-shaped bar, where old-fashioneds and Moscow mules flow through the taps.
set up the pins each time we knock them over, making strikes and spares.
As new bowling centers opened, Brunswick's sales of lanes, pinsetters
, and ancillary equipment increased rapidly.
The invention of the automatic bowling pin setter put tens of thousands of pinsetters
out of work after World War II.
The candlepin pinsetters
, which were original equipment from the 1950s, were taken apart and rebuilt, the interior of the facility was gutted and refinished in bright modern colors, a state-of-the-art automatic scoring system with automatic bumpers for the kids is nearly finished, the arcade was redesigned and the outside of the building received a facelift with a new entry, new signs and a bright paint job.
He even paid $400 out of his own pocket to lease automatic pinsetters
, and during Watergate went down to the basement to roll off some tension.