Roller Skating

Roller Skating was introduced in 1863, it was quickly made fashionable by New York City. In the 1870's  rinks with hard maple had built floors in nearly every town. If someonne payed an admission fee of twenty-five or fifty cents the could participate in races, fancy skating, or dancing on skates.In the 1870's special skating dresses became popular because the provided more movement and freedom. The popularity of roller skating in the 1890's helped ;lead women to more freedom in dress and behavior.