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.
There were no breweries (unless you count the time Spanish Peaks Brewing Company was around)
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)
A Subaru or pickup truck are the cars of choice
You see an awful lot of Audi's and Land Rover's around town
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
Reserve a spot 6 months in advance online and get one only if you are very lucky
Anywhere in town was a 5-10 minute drive
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
Get out to the mountains on weekends to hike, hunt, bike, camp or fish
Get out to the mountains for the perfect Instagram photo
If you went out to breakfast it was either at the Western Cafe or Perkins
Wait at least an hour for brunch at Jam
$5 ski days at Bridger Bowl
Get a $5 beer at the lodge
You always run into someone you know no matter where you go
You know from social media that people you know still live in Bozeman, but you never see them
Downtown was home to the classic Bozeman businesses (we miss Leaf and Bean so much)
The chain stores are making their way to downtown (Lululemon & Athleta)
The Baxter and Bozeman Hotel were the tallest buildings in Bozeman (along with North and South Hedges!)
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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