I've come to the conclusion I've lived here too long. I mean, it's not a bad thing - I just measure in DECADES now. I came to this conclusion as I started to describe places around town by noting where something used to be...
I can also tell how long someone else has lived here, by if they recognize the places that I mention. It's like a game of Trivial Pursuit or a history lesson. The longer I'm around, the more I seem to remember the "old way". Going senile, possibly. Turning into my mother, most definitely! How does this happen?
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Let's make a list:
KTGF TV - JoMay Barker, Ron Bruschi & Fred Pfeiffer (Fred is the reason I got into radio)
Deaconess Hospital, Columbus Hospital,
"Old" Columbus Hospital - apparently where my father-in-law was born
Poulsen's then Pro Build, now Builders First Source
Don Ryan Olds, Haggerty Motors, Bennet Motors too!
Heritage Bank, NorWest Bank, Countrywide Home Loans
Thirsty's, J-T, 8-Ball, TJ's, the Prospector (2)
Westside Dairy Queen - the best by the way - more candy!
Nygard's Auto Body, BP gas stations
Mama Cassie's, Zandy's Drive Through, Burger Master (2)
Ayrshire Dairy, Big
Buttrey's, County Market
Montana Power - now Northwestern Energy
Great Falls Gas - now Energy West
Village Twin, Twilite Movie Theater, Cine 4
Gagnon Ranch Golf Course, Big Sky Bagel Bakery
Blooms Furniture, Scan Am Furniture
taken from History Museum
And so many more! This doesn't have to be in just Great Falls, MT. It can be anywhere - just don't forget to measure your time in decades. Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. And thank you to those business that have stood the test of time and still thrive in the Electric City today ♥