Montana October 30, 2016
10 Things You’ll Remember If You Grew Up In The 80s In Montana
This one’s for you, Generation X. If you grew up in Montana during the 80s, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane. Since Montana is so vast and you were sooo young back then (right?), not everything on this list will ring a bell… but hopefully something will spark a nostalgic smile.
How many of these things do you remember?
1. Hanging out at “Rimrock Beach” in Billings
Before a paved pedestrian path was added to the Rimrocks, you could park your car by the edge and have a picnic or lay out in the sun. “Rimrock Beach,” as it was known, was always a popular place.
2. Arcades everywhere
Video arcades were all the rage in the 80s. If you were old enough, you played, if you were too little, you probably wished you could play.
3. Freddy’s Feed and Read in Missoula
Freddy’s Feed and Reed was a Missoula landmark from 1972-1998. It was known for featuring books by local authors and serving delicious vegetarian food.
4. The Montana Golden Nuggets
Who remembers our former Continental Basketball Association team that played at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls from 1980-1983?
5. Taking a trip to the video store with your family to rent a movie
Because eventually you watched every VHS tape in your private collection.
6. ShowBiz Pizza Place in Billings
Founded in 1980, ShowBiz was a Chuck E Cheese-like chain of pizza joints and one of the best places for a childhood birthday party. Sadly, an actual Chuck E. Cheese took it over in 1990.
7. Aerobics everywhere
Aerobics were THE way to exercise in the 80s. If you were a teenager, you may have gotten in on the trend yourself. If you were younger, you probably remember a family member or your best friend’s mom going to class or dancing to a video.
8. Volcanic ash from the Mount St. Helens eruption blanketing parts of Montana.
If you’re old enough to recall the Mount St. Helens eruption in Washington in 1980, you probably remember what a big deal it was that the volcanic fallout made it all the way over here.
9. Where you were on the day of the Challenger disaster?
It was a horrible moment in our history, and even though you were young, you understood how tragic it was.
10. Playing The Oregon Trail on your classroom’s Apple II
Also, no internet in that classroom. None.
Montana has changed a lot since the 80s in some ways, but it always has a timeless beauty unlike any other. Here are some
surreal photos of the Treasure State.