'Nine Pins' Bowling
Playing 'Nine Pins' has been a favorite American pastime since the early days of colonial America. The history of this game actually
dates back quite some time.
Objects for playing at bowling have been uncovered
in an ancient tomb, dating back to approximately
Later, forms of bowling were
prevalent in Europe in the 14th
At one time, bowling was a religious ceremony. German parishioners
rolled an object at a pin which,
according to the ceremony,
symbolized evil. If they missed
the pin, they had to do penance. In those days,
the game was called Kegelspiel or Nine-pins.
By the 15th century, the game of Ninepins had
evolved. Ninepins was also played in England,
although it was eventually banned, being called
"...a waste of time and not a fit method of pre-
paring for war."
The Dutch settlers brought Ninepins to America in the 17th century. Because of
widespread betting on the game, the sport was outlawed by Connecticut in 1841, and
other states soon followed. The law was circumvented by using ten pins.
To play Nine Pins, simply set the nine pins in a diamond formation and play the
traditional game of bowling.