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Herald-Dispatch file photo Artist’s conception of how Spot Lanes was designed to look after its 1963 remodeling.

Editor's Note: This is the 278th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.

HUNTINGTON  Born in Leeper, Pennsylvania, in 1896, Walter Arnold came to Huntington in 1918 after he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Over the years, Arnold had various business interests. He owned and operated the Arnold Delivery Service, a package delivery service for local retail merchants, and at one time operated a garage and a dry cleaning business.

He first entered the bowling field in the late 1930s when he operated downtown's Arcade Lanes in partnership with Max Jeffers. He built the Spot Lanes bowling establishment at 2516 5th Ave. in 1940 and operated it for 20 years before selling it in 1960. He died April 10, 1963.

Later in 1963, Spot Lanes underwent a $100,000 remodeling project. The building was given an entirely new front, highlighted by a massive section of anodized aluminum screen. Inside, all 16 lanes were replaced. The contractor for the work was the R.W. Ashworth Construction Co. of Huntington.

For 14 years, Spot Lanes was leased and operated by the Greater Huntington Theater Corp., headed by Jack Hyman.

Spot Lanes closed July 1, 1972, and was converted into a retail furniture store. Named Love Furniture, the store was owned and managed by Roger Gross, the owner of a downtown ladies clothing store. Again, the building underwent extensive remodeling.

In the years since, the building has been occupied by a number of different businesses.

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