217 Area Code BBSes Through History (80's Version)

MAP OF THE 217 AREA CODE
217-224-3920
QUINCY, IL
Liberty BBS, The Free Zone
(1988-1994)
Wildcat
217-235-2000
Mattoon, IL
AMIS I.C.C.C., I.C.T.C., ICCC
(1985-1991)
AMIS
217-244-1188
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
NAPCC
(1986)
Thomas Dirks
217-244-6954
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Check Source (233/13), The Check Source
(1989-1999)
Melissa Woo, Hector MandelMAXIMUS
217-328-6015
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
StageDoor, The Stage Door
(1989-1995)
Paul Brady
217-333-2842
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
AAFT Fidonet
(1986)
Edward OttoFidoNet
217-333-5554
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Toolbox Annex
(1989)
Wayne Hamilton
217-333-8301
Champaign, IL
Hacker's Anonymous BBS
(1988-1992)
Russ Blakeman, Matt MayerFido, Maximus
"This BBS was run on an IBM PC/AT 5170 with 640k ram, 20 Seagate ST-225 20 mb hard drives and a 2400 baud external modem. The machine was part of UofI C-U and lived on a table in the graduate student's office in the Theoretical Chemistry building on campus. I ran the BBS remotely from 89 to 90 having never seen it physically until then when the HD crashed. I also ran Midwest Softsource BBS from my family housing on Chanute AFB during the Hacker's Anonymous period and afterwards until Chnaute closed in 93 and I went to Wichita, KS and started another there." - Russ Blakeman
217-333-9660
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Sig-Bio
(1989-1990)
James Hejmanowski, Rick Blewitt
217-337-6312
Urbana, IL
SUBURBIA!
(1987-1995)
Mitch DuszynskiDeadlock/WWIII
"This small town feel BBS was set up like a community where all were welcome. Originally started on a Commodore 64 using Deadlock BBS software (home BBS for the software) it had many customized features, online games, and heavily used message boards. It was eventually switched to a PC using WWIII software in the latter years of its existance." - Mitch Duszynski
217-344-4032
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
FOG RBBS-RCP/M #14
(1985)
Jonathan Block
217-348-8088
CHARLESTON, IL
Programmers' Shack
(1988)
Joi Ellis
217-352-6118
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
LawBoard Fido
(1986-2002)
Fred GrosserFidoNet
217-352-9318
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
TechnoBoard II
(1989)
Chad Brooks
217-356-2162
Champaign, IL
Bikers Home
(1989-1994)
slimPCBoard
"The first biker bbs in central Illinois that I knew of. slim was quite a strange guy. There was alot of stories and bike pics..etc he had a program called sherry or something like that for chat. He also had an extensive interactive bar and shop guide. We had some great times.. and all got together at the local bars. Many female users said that they got the number off stall walls :) He went on to start the virtualbiker web site as well as the vbmo around 94 or 95 I havent heard from him in many years. Thanks for keeping things like this alive!" - Anonymous
217-356-6922
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Dark Side Of the Moon Software
(1988-1991)
Harold Barker
217-359-0139
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Avalon
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
217-359-2163
Champaign, IL
Bloom County BBS
(1986-1987)
Sun KwokUBBS
"I ran Bloom County from 1986 to 1987 while attending the University of Illinois until I graduated in December 1987. Many users took an alias from Bloom County comic strip at the time. We had all kinds of folks, from The Pooch (Jeff Schomer, age 12) to mostly college age users. Some of the users would get together at my college apartment at 604 E. White Street to play Risk, eat pizza, or just hang out. I was also friends with Helen Whatley (Unnamed BBS), Dale Creekmur (Tranquillity II) and Russ Price (CatStar BBS). Helen and Russ are classmates and we had several classes together! We were in the Computer Science curriculum. The sysops in the area were a pretty tight group at the time. We would gather monthly (hosted by Dale, usually) and talk about running our BBS's, users, and so on. It was a great time. I still have a printout from my old Apple ][ with all the users names and addresses. If anyone would like to get a hold of me you can email me at sun@integralcorp.com." - Sun Kwok
217-359-3257
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
The Edge
(1988)
Wildcat
217-359-3431
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Champagne FIDO, Champaigne Fido
(1987-1989)
Jim Lewis
217-359-6165
Champaign, IL
Capp Mail, CappMail, CourseWare, Courseware Applications Inc
(1986-1995)
Tom Scaefges, Tom Schaefges
217-359-6636
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
UN NAMED BBS
(1987)
Helen Whatley
217-367-7770
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Freeside Uplink
(1989-1991)
Dave Gerdes
217-367-8429
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
The Cloud Chamber
(1989-1995)
Hector Mandel
217-384-0408
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Spaceboard
(1989-1990)
Tanya Sienko
217-384-0605
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Murphy's Hobbie
(1989-1993)
Mark Williams
217-384-2127
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Xanadu
(1988-1993)
Scott Coleman
217-384-4311
Urbana, IL
Programmer's Toolbox, The Programmer's Toolbox
(1988-2002)
Wayne HamiltonOpus, Maximus
217-384-4435
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
CatStar
(1988)
Russ Price
217-384-7448
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Altered Crates
(1989)
Gary Faulkner
217-384-8173
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Tranquility II
(1987-1989)
Dale Creekmur
217-398-0470
CHAMPAIGN URBAN, IL
Wolfram Research Inc
(1989)
Harold Barker
217-429-4738
DECATUR, IL
C.A.M.S.
(1984)
217-429-5541
DECATUR, IL
C A M S II, NET-WORKS C.A.M.S.
(1982-1983)
217-431-1695
DANVILLE, IL
The Relative Connection
(1988-1994)
Chuck HaineRemoteAccess
217-526-3710
MORRISONVILLE, IL
Ole Tinbrain
(1988)
Jim Colligan
217-529-1113
Springfield, IL
BULLET-80 Springfield, IL
(1982-1985)
BULLET-80
217-529-6452
SPRINGFIELD, IL
Capitol City bbs, Capitol City BBS RBBS HAM
(1989-1994)
Gary Huff, K9UAB
217-546-7608
Springfield, IL
Quest,The, The Quest
(1988-1994)
Wally Hartshorn, Dominic DuvallAmiDel, Cit86v3.31
217-546-8231
SPRINGFIELD, IL
RBBS IBM PC Old Jack
(1984-1985)
217-546-8767
SPRINGFIELD, IL
PC Connection, PC Connx, PC-Connection BBS
(1989-1994)
Dave PointerPCBoard
217-562-2280
PANA, IL
Prairie Data BBS
(1989)
217-753-4309
Springfield, IL
MCMS Word Exchange
(1983-1985)
MCMS
217-789-5970
SPRINGFIELD, IL
B E C, B.E.C, BEC BBS 2, Bell Employees Club BBS
(1989-1995)
George LollarPCBoard
217-854-6131
CARLINVILLE, IL
Cville Radio Shack
(1987-1988)
Matt Turley
217-875-5418
DECATUR, IL
CondCrit
(1989-1994)
Joe Prosser
217-875-5579
DECATUR, IL
TSPNET 2.3
(1984)
The PenguinTSPNET
217-875-7114
Decatur, IL
CAMS (Central Il. Automated Message System), NET-WORKS C.A.M.S., NET-WORKS C.A.M.S.][, NET-WORKS CAMS][, The Data Hut
(1983-1996)
Robert WilliamsPCBoard , NET-WORKS, Red Ryder Host
217-892-8236
RANTOUL, IL
Library BBS
(1989-1991)
Bill Province
217-892-8716
RANTOUL, IL
TechnoBoard
(1989-1990)
Curtis Campbell
40 Sysops currently listed.
50 BBSes Listed.