Bolton Hall was a large entertainment venue along the Hudson River in Lansingburgh at the intersection of 107th Street and 2nd Avenue. Built as the Casino Roller Skating Rink in 1884, and briefly operating as the Casino Opera House in 1886, it was bought by the brewer Samuel Bolton in 1895 and operated under that name until it ultimately burned in 1924.
Samuel Bolton has purchased the Casino rink of Lansingburgh. The decaying building will be thoroughly repaired at once. The rink will be used for a storehouse.
Troy Daily Times. February 19, 1895: 2 col 5.
THANKSGIVING DAY, Matinee and Evening.
Afternoon program, six great races. Admission 25c. Races commence 2:30. Evening program, four open races. All star entries. Match race, HARRY D. ELKES, Hour Champion of the World, vs. NAT BUTLER, the Handicap King, for a purse of $300. Admission -50c. Races begin 7:30.
Troy Daily Times. November 22, 1898: 3 col 8.
—Opportunity will be afforded to those interested in bicycling to enjoy exciting sport at Bolton hall to-morrow night and Thursday night. Some of the most prominent bicycle riders in the world are training at Bolton hall and they will be seen in a number of races. The racing to-morrow night will be for the benefit of Peterson, the rider who was so severely hurt at the hall Thanksgiving evening. Thursday night will occur the finals of the short distance races. A great international six-day race will be held at the hall commencing Saturday. The riders will ride each day from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and from 5 p. m. to 11 p. m. Riders must cover 1,000 miles in order to entitle them to a place. The contest will be for the seventy-two-hour championship of the world.
“Amusements.” Troy Times. November 29, 1898: col 2.
—The basket ball team of St. Peter’s Lyceum will meet the Deaf Mutes team of New York at Bolton Hall Thanksgiving evening.
—The Belmont Athletic Club will play a game of indoor baseball with St. Peter’s Lyceum this evening at Bolton Hall for a purse of $150.
Troy Daily Times. November 4, 1901: 1 col 6.
—The roller skating season at Bolton Hall will open Thursday evening, when a grand carnival will be held. Excellent music will be provided, and a large attendance is expected. Roller-skating, one of the most delightful of indoor amusements, is more popular than ever, and Bolton Hall with its big area and perfect floor provides the very best facilities for the enjoyment of the sport.
Troy Times. September 12, 1910: 5 col 2.
—Eugene V. Debs, Socialist candidate for President, will speak at Bolton Hall Sunday evening, October 6, under the auspices of the local Socialist organization.
“City Notes.” Troy Times. September 23, 1912: col 1.
Rourke Cockran and Senator Clapp Principal Speakers—Roosevelt’s Message for Protection.
A gathering variously estimated from 3,000 to 4,000 last night attended the Bull Moose rally at Bolton Hall, sang “Roosevelt, My Roosevelt,” “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” and other songs and heard Hon. Moses E. Clapp of Minnesota and Hon. Bourke Cockran of New York speak. John A. R. Kaaps of Albany, a former Democratic Alderman in that city, was the Chairman, James M. Snyder introduced him. Mr. Kaaps compared Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt as “a man of the hour,” and then he introduced Senator Clapp, who waited for “The Star Spangled Banner” from the Troy City Band to subside.
He said that before he would deliver his own message he must present one from Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Roosevelt’s message read:
I appeal to the men and women of Troy to stand by us in this fight, regardless of past political affiliations. In our party we have men who were in the past affiliated with other parties. As the Republican and Democratic parties are banded against us, I ask all honest citizens to stand with us in the cause of political right and justice.
The Bull Moose chorus then sang “Roosevelt” and after quiet was restored the speaker proceeded to outline what he termed the fundamentals of the campaign.
He continued by saying that he had had experience with Bourbons in the Senate, and hinted that the representatives who were not Progressives were Bourbons. He spoke of the Bourbons as being blind as kittens, whether in the French Revolution with their necks near the guillotine, or in the present industrial crisis, with them and their kind all doomed to extinction. He compared them to new-born kittens, and carried the simile further by saying that they were worst off than the kitten, for “the good Lord wills that if a kitten passes the vicissitudes of the first eight days of kittenhood at the end of that time it may receive its sight, and the Bourbon never receives his sight.”
He said he thought that when women take a part in politics and sing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” at a mass-meeting, it tends to take much of the hell out of politics. He went at length into the Roosevelt policies, as they were styled when that man set the precedent for them in Washington, and said that it was the Roosevelt policies that the people wanted then and want now. He said that the only way that Taft secured a nomination and election was on the basis that he would carry out the Roosevelt policies. He outlined the policies at length, and told wherein he thought them superior. He asserted that Taft had failed in his covenant with the people, in failing to carry out those Roosevelt policies, and added that for that reason Taft was doomed as a political failure. He characterized the Republican party as a ship without a rudder, plunging downward to political oblivion. He said that the party was doomed to defeat because it had failed to meet the popular demand. “Oh, Mr. Taft says that he has carried out the Roosevelt policies. Yes. He is right.” said the speaker, “he carried out the Roosevelt policies, and I know, for I was there and witnessed the ceremony.”
The rest of Mr. Clapp’s speech was on the tariff. He asserted that a protective tariff was necessary, because we had reached a stage in economic development which made it necessary. He attacked the Wilson policy, as one that would lead to panic. He called on all to stand by Protection as the sound policy. he attacked the Constitution as an instrument that could be twisted to suit the purpose of monopoly, and gave lengthy illustrations of the effect of monopoly tariff, in violation of the Constitution as it should be interpreted. He spoke of the Paine-Aldrich combination as the father of monopoly legislation, and said that the Progressives in the Senate had continually fought for a fair tariff. During the interval which elapsed before the arrival of Hon. Bourke Cockran, who was on his way from Albany, Rev. John L. Clymer, candidate for State Senator, made a short address, in which he said that the chief aim of the Progressive movement was typified in the statement that “righteousness was greater than the tariff, justice was greater than party and human rights were greater than special privilege.” Frederick E. Draper, jr., also made a short speech, and he was well received.
Mr. Cockran arrived a few minutes later, and he spoke for an hour and twenty minutes. He spoke of the “deplorable industrial conditions” in the big cities, of child-labor, the stunting of men and women in greed, and he said that the mission of the Progressive party was to free these millions, who, as he said, “believe Democracy has failed.” He spoke of the inadequacy of the present laws, and then outlined the Progressive platform to show that the remedy lay in electing Progressives to office.
Troy Times. October 31, 1912: 13 col 12.
—Tom McMahon of Pittsburg, who last night at Bolton Hall fought Dan Flynn of Boston, and “Jimmy” Dime, another well-known boxer, were guests of Anthony Cummings at his home on Paine Street yesterday. Mr. Cummings became acquainted with McMahon while playing baseball at Newcastle.
“Personal.” Troy Times. March 10, 1914: 2 col 4.
Claim Waste Was Discovered Scattered About the Place.
SIMILAR MATERIAL FOUND NEAR TROLLEY CAR BARNS
Firemen on Duty All Day Yesterday—A Mysterious Auto.
Soon after 4 o’clock yesterday morning fire destroyed Bolton Hall, famous as a place of amusement and as the former home of a number of prominent organizations. The blaze was the most spectacular of recent years, calling to mind the fire which razed the plant of The Shaughnessy Ice Company, located just south of Bolton Hall, on New Year’s Day, 1922. […]
Bolton Hall is owned by the Samuel Bolton estate, shared by three brothers, Joseph Bolton, jr., William and George Bolton. The amount of insurance is estimated by William Bolton at $32,000. The hall was built in 1884 by George W. Oliver, builder and contractor, and the first event held there was a ball of the Troy Masonic lodges January 22, 1885. The hall was intended primarily as a roller-skating rink. About thirty years ago S. Bolton & Sons purchased the property and placed a stone foundation beneath it. In this cellar stock ale and porter were kept to age in casks at the time when the brewery was operating. Two thousand empty barrels remained in the cellar at the time of the fire. There was also a variety of miscellaneous goods in storage, including some old sleighs and wagons. Including the purchase price and numerous improvements and alterations, among which was the laying of a floor of four-inch maple boards laid on edge, the Boltons estimate they have spent about $50,000 on the building.
For four years after the State Armory was burned in January, 1917, Bolton Hall was used to house the state militia. It has also served as quarters for the Collar City Athletic Club and many large entertainments have been staged there, the most recent of which was the fair conducted by Troy Lodge of Elks last September. Recently negotiations had been under way with Mrs. Pettkins of Pittsfield, Mass., who was contemplating reopening the hall as a skating rink. She formerly leased it for this purpose.
Troy Times. February 18, 1924: 5 cols 2-3.