Although many Canton residents may remember Sparkles as the first skating rink in Canton, that honor actually belongs to a business that began more than 100 years ago.
As the advertisement in the Cherokee Advance announces, a skating rink opened April 1, 1909. It carried an endorsement from ministers because of its “absolute freedom from mischief-making opportunities.”
The rink, outfitted with electric lights, was above the F.P. Burtz store and carried 50 pairs of new roller skates, available to rent for 15 cents.