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Old Bozeman vs. New Bozeman

Old Bozeman vs. New Bozeman


Love it or hate it the growth in Bozeman is unavoidable. In the past five years, Bozeman feels like it has changed more than ever. This is all the more evident for those who have lived here for a while and like to affectionately refer to it as "Old Bozeman".  So what was old Bozeman like compared to the new Bozeman? Keep reading to find out. 

 
Old Bozeman 

There were no breweries (unless you count the time Spanish Peaks Brewing Company was around)

New Bozeman

There are nearly a dozen breweries and they are always full (don’t even bother trying to get a seat at Map Brewing on a sunny afternoon)

 

Old Bozeman 

A Subaru or pickup truck are the cars of choice

New Bozeman 

You see an awful lot of Audi's and Land Rover's around town

 

Old Bozeman 

If you want to camp on a Saturday morning you could just throw a tent in the back of the car, head up Hyalite and find a spot

New Bozeman 

Reserve a spot 6 months in advance online and get one only if you are very lucky

 

Old Bozeman 

Anywhere in town was a 5-10 minute drive

New Bozeman 

Depending on traffic and road construction you need to plan 20 minutes to get anywhere.  And, don’t get us started on grouchy drivers…we miss the days of no road rage

 

Old Bozeman

Get out to the mountains on weekends to hike, hunt, bike, camp or fish

New Bozeman

Get out to the mountains for the perfect Instagram photo

 

Old Bozeman 

If you went out to breakfast it was either at the Western Cafe or Perkins

New Bozeman 

Wait at least an hour for brunch at Jam

 

Old Bozeman 

$5 ski days at Bridger Bowl

New Bozeman 

Get a $5 beer at the lodge

 

Old Bozeman 

You always run into someone you know no matter where you go

New Bozeman 

You know from social media that people you know still live in Bozeman, but you never see them

 

Old Bozeman 

Downtown was home to the classic Bozeman businesses (we miss Leaf and Bean so much)

New Bozeman 

The chain stores are making their way to downtown (Lululemon & Altheta)

 

Old Bozeman 

The Baxter and Bozeman Hotel were the tallest buildings in Bozeman (along with North and South Hedges!)

New Bozeman 

The new mixed-use developments and hotels going up all over town are changing the entire skyline

 

Luckily there are some things about Bozeman that don’t change.  Things like the value placed on the quality of life, how getting out to nature is a priority, as is supporting local businesses, events, and nonprofits.  Bozeman is a place where you help out your neighbors and welcome newcomers, even if it's hard to see watch the change.

Old Bozeman, new Bozeman...it's still an amazing place to call home. 

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