In Their Own Words
January 08, 1870
Young People Skated
Five years after the Civil War, Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards recorded in his diary a popular form of entertainment among young people – one that survives to this day:
“Tonight Sallie and Dora & Irene went with me to the Skating Rink to see what has created such an excitement among the young folks. We found the large hall that erst was used for the Great Baptist Fair fairly alive with skaters, boys and girls, young men and young women whirling and gliding to and fro with infinite zest and energy. ‘Roller Skating’ would seem to be pretty good substitute for the thing on ice. Dora and Rene were very anxious to skate if they only knew how.”
Source, Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 841.