Things sure have changed a lot in the last 10-20 years in Owensboro. Just for fun, let’s take a trip down memory lane to life in Owensboro 30 years ago:
- In 1985, Gabe’s Tower was still open for business. (There was nothing cooler than the pool on the top floor.)
- In 1985, the rocket slide at Ben Hawes was a huge thrill for kids. (It’s still there, by the way.)
- In 1985, we bought cassette tapes at Disc Jockey (at the mall) and rented VHS movies from Wax Works (where Legends is now).
- In 1985, there was a radical BMX track at Chautauqua. They also had soap box derby races right on Bluff Ave.
- In 1985, pitching horseshoes and washers was a favorite past time, long before corn hole came along.
- In 1985, the mall was the edge of town, and Highway 54 was almost out of town.
- In 1985, the best day of the week was Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaayyyyyy. (Thank you, Brian Jackson, WSTO).
- In 1985, the museum was by KWC in what is now the Ralph building.
- In 1985, the world’s largest Sassafras tree was a landmark on Frederica. The plaque is still there, but it’s hard to notice now with the new library, Independence bank, and of course the “batwing” catching your attention.
What else do you remember about life in the Big O, circa 1985?