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Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome

A folk studies teacher was talking about a local group of marble players during a class and I just knew I had to meet them.  A few phone calls and Google searches later, I was in the Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome, a shed-like building with a dirt marble court encircled by old recliners and heated by a wood burning stove. 

I was welcomed very warmly by Timmy Walden who introduced me to the players and the game. After the game, he, his father-in-law (the Colonel) and his son (Ben) made a marble for me. I cannot express how blessed I feel to play a tiny part in the lives of great people like the Waldens. I really hope to do a short documentary on the Waldens and their history with marble playing in Monroe County. They are truly a Kentucky treasure.

Below are some images I made during my time at the Super Dome.  Enjoy!

Colonel Bowman was a founding member of the Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome. He is there everyday at 4 pm to open the doors and start the fire on cold days.

Colonel Bowman was a founding member of the Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome. He is there everyday at 4 pm to open the doors and start the fire on cold days.

Royce Bartley, of Tompkisville, Ky., has been playing marbles since he was a school boy. Bartley recently hurt his foot and has not been able to play, but will soon return to the marble field.

Royce Bartley, of Tompkisville, Ky., has been playing marbles since he was a school boy. Bartley recently hurt his foot and has not been able to play, but will soon return to the marble field.

Royce Bartley, of Tompkinsville, Ky., plans his next move during a game of Rolley Hole.

Royce Bartley, of Tompkinsville, Ky., plans his next move during a game of Rolley Hole.

Rondell Biggerstaff, of Tompkinsville, Ky., shoots his marble. 

Rondell Biggerstaff, of Tompkinsville, Ky., shoots his marble.