Many longtime Bozeman residents have fond memories of businesses and restaurants that have sadly disappeared over the years.

attachment-Parade in Downtown Bozeman
Gallatin History Museum

Bozeman has changed a lot since it's humble beginnings, but it you look hard enough, it's not hard to get a glimpse of its history.

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Recently, I spent several hours at the Gallatin History Museum to learn about Bozeman's history and places that people remember from the old Bozeman. I want to thank Charlotte, and all of the other ladies at the Gallatin History Museum for helping me with my research, and sharing personal stories of places that they remember around town.

Montana History Museum
Gallatin History Museum

Learning about Bozeman's history and all that has changed throughout the years was truly fascinating. If you're ever looking for information about Bozeman or its history, the Gallatin History Museum is a great resource.

In total, I spent roughly 7 hours going through old Bozeman business directories and reading newspaper articles at the Gallatin History Museum. Some of the places that I learned about have been closed for over 50 years, but many of Bozeman's longtime residents still have fond memories of them.

In the picture below, you can see an arcade and bowling alley that was located next to the Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman. The picture was taken in the late 40s-early 50s.

Gallatin History Museum
Gallatin History Museum

Depending on what decade you grew up in Bozeman, the memories that you have may differ. Honestly, it was really difficult to narrow down the list to only 10 places. If one of the places that you remember in Bozeman didn't make the list, I apologize.

I hope that you enjoy learning about all of these places as much as I did. If you have some spare time, do yourself a favor and stop by the Gallatin History Museum to learn about more of Bozeman's history.

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