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History of Curling
Curling is a 500+ year old sport. The first specific references to the game appear in Scottish writings and Flemish paintings from the 1500â€™s. In the early days, rocks came in different shapes and sizes and each curler brought their own to games.
Curling became extremely popular in Scotland and it was the Scots who developed the modern game. They created the first rules and organized the sportâ€™s first governing body, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, in the early 1800â€™s.
Scottish immigrants brought curling to the US at about the same time. The first US club, the Orchard Lake Curling Club, was founded near Detroit in 1832. By the late 1800â€™s there were thriving curling communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and New York.
The US Womenâ€™s Curling Association (USWCA) was founded in 1948, and the US Menâ€™s Curling Association (USMCA) in 1958. In the beginning, each group organized separate national championships, but that changed in the 1980â€™s, as curling was once again becoming an Olympic sport. At that time, the menâ€™s organization became the gender-neutral US Curling Association (USCA) and took charge of the selection process for all the national teams. The USWCA continues to exist and holds events to promote womenâ€™s, juniorsâ€™ and grassroots curling.
Online history resources (and our source material for the above section):