The Night the Dance Floor Went Dark 

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Bar Guides & Maps (Various Locations & Publications)

Specific Nightspots:

236 Club Harrisburg PA

Boom, Minneapolis MN

The Cartwheel, New Hope PA

Casa Lido, Trenton NJ

Checkers, St Paul MN

Club Metro, St Paul MN

The Copa, Ft. Lauderdale FL 

CR Bar, Upper Darby PA

Down The Street, Asbury Park NJ

Entertainers Club, Atlantic City NJ

Gatsby's, Cherry Hill NJ

I-Beam, Fargo ND

Innuendo, St Paul MN

Key West, Philadelphia PA

Kurt's, Philadelphia PA

Lucy's St Paul MN

The Neptune, Harrisburg PA

New Bar / Rod / Hotel Washington, Madison WI

Over The Rainbow (Jr. & Sr.), St Paul MN

Prelude, New Hope PA

Renaissance, Wilmington DE

Renegade (Club & Resort), Rehoboth Beach DE

Rumors, Dover DE

Rumours, St Paul MN (Later Named Trikkx) 

Saratoga, Atlantic City NJ

Studio Six, Atlantic City NJ

Trikkx, St Paul MN (1997 to 2007)

Vermont Gay Bars



More History at drakkar91

A long running venue, and a favorite space I visited often in the late 1980's and early 1990's, the club was lost to a devastating fire on April 12, 2005.  It did not rebuild or reopen on the original site or in a new location.  The Cartwheel was a unique space, with multiple levels, a big dance floor with great music and lights, great drag shows, a video lounge (one of the first), an outdoor patio, a restaurant and a lovely piano bar.  It opened by most accounts in the early 1970's, but was actually open for gay business in the 60's by some who recall it's glorious past.

The Cartwheel, New Hope PA

"Inside, the former stone tavern was all white with old wooden beams, until a glitzy high-tech '70s disco was installed; the outside dancing was on gravel, and while the Cartwheel couldn't match New York or Philly clubs for sleekness, it had its own rustic cool and an eclectic crowd."

Carthweel New Hope Pennsylvania Print Ad


"I Partied at the Cartwheel" a Facebook Group

Story About the 2005 Fire

Site Showing Map of Cartwheel Site (& Proposed Development News)

Realtor Website (Contains Photos After the Fire)


Miss Demeanor "Remember Me This Way" 1997 Performs at the Cartwheel

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