Duckpin bowling developed in the United States in the late 1800s. In 1905, a Pennsylvania man added thick rubber bands to the base of the squat pins, officially starting rubber band duckpin bowling. The pins, sometimes called rubber ducks, allow for higher scores than their rubber-less cousins. Early rubber band duckpin enthusiasts formed governing bodies for the sport, but interest did not last. As of 2019, there are very few rubber band duckpin lanes operating in the United States; the only public alley is in the sport’s home state of Pennsylvania.
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