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

MAP OF THE 219 AREA CODE
219-232-7373
South Bend, IN
Flag Net BBS
(1987-Present)
Carey Treesh (Flag Master)C-Net Amiga, Cnet Amiga
"Flag Net started out on a Commodore 64 originally in Niles Michigan at the phone number of 616 (now area code 269) 683-7373. Always running Cnet software, my goal was to be the longest lasting most up-time message base(not download file based) BBS in town. Im proud to say we are still on-line today with our non-Y2K compliant software, its a bit buggy, but still up an running. To access flagnet bbs, telnet to: telnet://bbs.flagnet.org or our old link may still be up... telnet //flagnet.qtm.net" - Carey Treesh

"Flag Net BBS is still on-line via telnet. Our ip address changes, but we try to keep the name active. To access, telnet to bbs.flagnet.org The original telephone number was 616-683-7373, then moved from Niles Michigan, to South Bend Indiana and changed numbers to 219-232-7373. In 1999 we added a telnet in port via a local ISP called Quantum Connections. We are no longer affiliated with them, but have a registered domain name now. The Amiga 2000 with 2 gig scsi hard drive lives in my home in South Bend. All modem access has been terminated to keep cost down. This BBS not well attended too, and activity is very low. But despite this, I made a commitment when I was just a kid with an Commodore 64 to keep it going. Im proud to say, we are still up and running, with all data in-tact since 1994 till today. Message bases, "G-files" and even some "P-files" can still be activated." - Carey Treesh

219-233-8113
SOUTH BEND, IN
AmberSoft
(1989)
Wildcat
219-234-4445
SOUTH BEND, IN
Vector 6
(1988-1989)
Tim Brewer
219-234-9403
SOUTH BEND, IN
Indiana Data Managers, Indiana Data Mgr
(1987-1991)
John HerodPCBoard
219-237-0651
SOUTH BEND, IN
Riv City Netw, River City Network, RiverCity
(1989-1994)
Gerry OppermanTBBS
219-255-2627
MISHAWAKA, IN
Forum Five
(1986-1988)
Greg Crouch
219-255-4892
MISHAWAKA, IN
City Gate II
(1988)
Craig McCourt
219-255-7286
MISHAWAKA, IN
ADN COMPUTRE SYSTEMS
(1988)
Wildcat
219-255-8803
MISHAWAKA, IN
RBBS IBM PC South Bend
(1984)
219-258-0286
MISHAWAKA, IN
Michiana Net, Michiana Techline, Michiana Technical 100m, Midwestern EchoSTAR, N-Ind/SW-Mich Net, Reg 11 EchoCoord, Software Dist
(1987-1991)
Larry Snyder
219-258-5866
MISHAWAKA, IN
Indiana Data Manager 60m, Indiana Data Mgr
(1989-1994)
John HerodPCBoard
219-259-4528
MISHAWAKA, IN
PC-Factory 130m Wildcat!
(1989-1991)
Tom Atwood
219-262-3980
Elkhart, IN
AMIS Hart City BBS, HART CITY, Hart City BBS
(1982-1987)
Ron BlessingForem ST, AMIS, Fido
"Hi Jason, I was the Sysop of Hart City BBS. I started it back in August of 1982 and I can't verify this but I believe I was the second BBS in Indiana. Originally the system consisted of: Atari 800 - 48K (Newell Fast Chip Installed), Atari 810 Disk Drive (appx: 90K), Atari 850 Interface Mod., Hayes 300 Baud Smartmodem, NEC PC-8023A-C Printer. The software I started with was the A.M.I.S. software from MACE, which I ended up making a number of enhancements to. Several years later I moved to a Tandy 2000 and then finally to a PC clone system. Eventually, I just couldn't keep up with the size of the other BBS system around me. I must admit I had the most fun with the Atari and miss those early days. There were a LOT of great people running BBS systems and unselfishly willing to help anyone that needed it. I still have my 800 stored away and wouldn't give it up for anything. Thanks for remembering." - Ron Blessing
219-264-6429
ELKHART NORTH, IN
Soaring SIG
(1986)
Brian Shoemaker
219-269-9459
WARSAW, IN
Lakeside User Group , Lakeside User's Group, LUG
(1985-1995)
Charlie Shull, Tom Buchan, Ken Swain, Sr.PCBoard
219-277-0809
SOUTH BEND, IN
ADN's Rookery, Capt'n Jacks Rookery
(1988-1991)
Herb Summersgill, HerbSummersgillPCBoard
219-277-2685
SOUTH BEND, IN
MARDUK
(1987-1988)
Mark Lynch
219-277-5565
SOUTH BEND, IN
M.O.M.S., MICHIANA ONLINE MSGR, MOM
(1985-1995)
L Smedley/KingMULT
219-277-7278
SOUTH BEND, IN
Access, The Link
(1986-1989)
Marlin Sheffield
219-283-4714
SOUTH BEND, IN
MacCHEG
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
219-287-3358
SOUTH BEND, IN
Riv City Netw, River City Network
(1985-1991)
Gerry Opperman, Gerald OppermanPCBoard
219-287-4326
SOUTH BEND, IN
227 NEC, Michiana Net, Treasure Chest
(1988-2000)
Bob Heide
219-287-9020
SOUTH BEND, IN
The Northern Star, The QNX SuperSTAR
(1989)
Larry Snyder
219-289-0286
SOUTH BEND, IN
Michiana Net, Reg 11 EchoCoord, The Northern Star
(1989)
Larry Snyder
219-289-1962
South Bend, IN
SouthWinds
(1984-1996)
Robert LehmanMEBBS
"MaxNet Echomail Coord, Aminet Midwest Regional Star. South Bend's Commodore Amiga Technologie Support Board. A proud member of the Michiana Area Sysops Association." - Robert Lehman
219-289-3745
SOUTH BEND, IN
The Northern Star
(1989)
Larry Snyder
219-291-5457
SOUTH BEND, IN
Michiana Technical System
(1987)
Larry D Snyder
219-294-6104
ELKHART, IN
"6104" BBS, 6104 BBS
(1989-1991)
Tom BattlerPCBoard
219-322-7266
DYER, IN
Private Connection
(1987)
Forum
219-356-1212
HUNTINGTON, IN
Spirit in the Sky
(1988)
Wildcat
219-422-6305
FORT WAYNE, IN
Secret Service
(1986)
Ascii Express
219-432-3651
FORT WAYNE WEST, IN
INSCS-Rhinos
(1988)
Chris Patterson
219-436-2302
FORT WAYNE WEST, IN
NEI BBS, Wildcat!
(1986-1989)
Doug TannerWildcat
219-447-3011
FORT WAYNE SOUT, IN
Fire Department {236/10}, Fire Dept, My Fire Department, The Fire Department
(1988-1996)
Mark TaylorWildcat
219-456-1914
Fort Wayne, IN
Shadownet
(1988-1992)
Scott "The Shadow" Cramer, Keith "The Punisher" CramerWWIV
"We ran Shadownet in Fort Wayne for over 4 years. We started with a 1200 baud modem, then bumped to a 2400 baud modem. We ran briefly at 9600 baud, but shut down soon after. The phone rang off the hook all night long, Our mother in her 60's learned how to reset the computer after crashes. We held Shadownet pizza parties where upwards of 40 people would attend. Our home became known as Shadownet central. We had many users trying to earn an invite over. Users wanted to know what we did on the other side of the computer. We met many of our current friends through the BBS. We were widely known as the Shadownetters. Those were some good days. Kinda geeky, but still good." - Keith Cramer
219-456-5881
FORT WAYNE SOUT, IN
Data Management
(1988)
Wildcat
219-478-1164
FORT WAYNE WAYN, IN
Silicone Alt, Silicone Alt., The Silicon Alternative
(1988-1994)
Don GumpWildcat
219-482-4962
FORT WAYNE NORT, IN
Byte Carrier, NE Indiana Net
(1989-1991)
Ron Kuhn
219-483-1908
FORT WAYNE NORT, IN
CCS Associates
(1986)
Bruce Clark
219-485-1100
FORT WAYNE NORT, IN
Dementia Opus
(1987-1988)
Anthony Montgomery
219-486-8208
FORT WAYNE NORT, IN
NE Indiana Net, The Outpost
(1989)
Eric Asberry
219-493-2334
NEW HAVEN, IN
The Fortress
(1988)
Stephen Gutknecht
219-522-1149
ELKHART, IN
"1149" BBS
(1986-1991)
Derry NelsonPCBoard
219-636-2434
ALBION, IN
THE RAVEN'S LOFT
(1988)
Wildcat
219-659-1245
WHITING, IN
Bit Bucket BBS
(1987-1989)
Bob Demeter
219-659-2711
WHITING, IN
Magic Lantern, Magic Lantern {230/21}, North West Indiana Net, The Magic Lantern
(1989-1996)
Tom Smith
219-662-0986
Crown Point, IN
Commlink, Commlink BBS
(1989-1996)
Allen MacchiaSearchlight
219-693-6126
CHURUBUSCO, IN
I/O Opinion, I/Opinion, Opini/on
(1988-1994)
George GynnWildcat
219-693-6155
CHURUBUSCO, IN
NE Indiana Net, RingSide
(1988-1991)
Skip Guenter
219-696-3415
LOWELL, IN
dBASICs PCB QB Btrieve, dBASICs Toolkit, The Tool Kit, The Toolkit BBS, Toolkit BBS
(1988-1996)
Ken PrevoPCBoard
219-726-5620
PORTLAND, IN
RTPM Portland
(1984-1985)
219-745-9503
FORT WAYNE SOUT, IN
Astro Bytes BBS Node 1
(1989-1991)
Andy AndreattaWildcat
219-762-5620
PORTAGE, IN
Dune Hi-Tech, Dune HighTech Express
(1989-1995)
Ralph ShafferPCBoard
219-762-8411
Portage, IN
Last Chance BBS, Last Chance Data Systems, LastChance
(1984-1994)
Dennis WoodPCBoard, PC-Board
"This started out as a test bed for another sysop in the area who was too chicken to convert over from RBBS to the brand new (at the time) PC-Board software. From there on, as they say, the rest is history. When Last Chance finally shut it's electronic doors in 1991 there were over 200 registered users and the system had added a second line. Two dedicated Intel 286 workstations answered the phone with US Robotics HST modems and a third 386 machine was the network server, running on the then brand new Lantastic network hardware and software. The decision by the telephone company (GTE) that this was now a "business" because I solicited donations from users to try and offset the ever-increasing operating costs was the nail in the coffin of this BBS. The entire system was sold intact to a hospital in Dyer, IN and used for staff access. I was fortunate enough to work as an installer and consultant to them for a short while and oversaw the installation of a multi-disk CD-Rom drive (brand new technology at that time) added to the system that allowed access to a vast medical database for the use of doctors and hospital staff. To this day I remember fondly the many people I met thru this BBS, including a couple of online romances that sprung up between users. While the Internet has opened up a vast new world of information and global communication, I still miss the small friendly community of people that frequented my BBS. Thanks to all of you, should anyone who remembers me be reading this." - Dennis Wood
219-824-8635
Bluffton, IN
The Something To Do BBS
(1989-1992)
Dave HatchSpitfire
219-825-7947
MIDDLEBURY, IN
Organ Masters
(1988)
Wildcat
219-874-2074
MICHIGAN CITY, IN
Beeline, BeeLine BBS, BeeLine Super
(1989-1995)
219-875-6430
DUNLAP, IN
BBS,

, Indiana Computer, PC Indiana, The Indiana BBS
(1987-1991)

Gary Fields
219-884-2741
Gary , IN
42nd Street BBS
(1982-1989)
Shawn and Danny AdamsAll American BBS./bbs 219-884-2741 42nd Street BBS
219-884-9508
GARY, IN
LANS BBS #1 , LANS Multinode PCB9 REG, Lans PC BBS, LANS [Fee], The Lan BBS # 1, The LANS BBS, The LANS Multi-Node BBS
(1985-1994)
Philip StultsPCBoard
219-923-2486
Munster, IN
Royalty Mansion
(1987-1990 )
Dave Bainbridge
219-923-7611
Griffith, IN
Excaliber, Excalibur BBS
(1988-1996)
Jeff ReadyPCBoard , Wildcat, PC-Board
"I was the SysOp of this BBS, which was a project started by my dad and I together when I was in the 7th grade as a sort of father-son project. We started with Wildcat software which we used for a long time, briefly used Quick BBS, and finally ended up on PC-BOARD as we evolved into more sophisticated things like participating in FIDO-NET. We started at 1200 baud and one computer, which I would have to take offline if I wanted to call into another BBS because we had just the one. Eventually, we added another line, had two PCs networked together with LANTASTIC, and got a 16.8k US ROBOTICS modem with the special "FOR BBS USE ONLY - NOT FOR RESALE" placard on it because of the special pricing availble to SysOps.

"I remember being amazed at the whole FIDO next message board/email system -- being able to send a message from the local BBS, then watching as our system auto-dialed a system in Chicago at night, which would then dial some other system, and eventually the message would make its way to the intended recipient. An email and a reply might take days to complete, but it was still electronic and free, which was just the coolest thing ever. Little did we know then what those early email-relay systems would evolve into.

"We kept the BBS going even while I was in college, although from '93-96 the whole BBS thing was really in its twilight. For a number of years we won the prestigious (LOL) "Northwest Indiana's Best BBS Award" - heck we may well have won that ever year such voting actually took place -- at least 3 or 4 times anyway.

"I look back now and can't believe how much things have changed, but since I got out of school I've been a technology entrepreneur, I've started a number of internet related companies, raised venture capital, did the dot-com thing, and here I am still at it -- and I probably owe it all to running that BBS with my dad when I was 13 years old. My first "real" business out of college was an ISP in 1996, which was really nothing more than a more modern BBS, with dial up modems and the whole bit.

"The funny thing is that you can't even talk about the BBS days to people that didn't experience them first hand, because it all seems so foreign - yet if you were there, the evolution to where we are now is plain as day.

"Anyway, thanks for having this site - I stumbled onto it by complete accident as I was checking a caller ID call I missed, and somehow this came up. It really has brought back some memories."

"Now if I can just remember how to play Tradewars... Thanks again." - Jeff

219-925-5524
AUBURN, IN
North Eastern IN, The Loft
(1989-2000)
Donn Bly
219-942-7166
HOBART, IN
Prestige BBS
(1989)
Wildcat
219-980-3285
GARY, IN
GAS STATION
(1985)
AMIS
219-980-4619
Gary, IN
The Village, Village (B)
(1984-1995)
Number 2BBS Express Pro
"I had a blast running The Village...Didn't know anything about BBS'ing at first. Got a Atari 800Xl and a 300 baud modem and started going online. Met Nick Hard and Glenn Holt of N.W.I.P.C.U.G. and learned a LOT from them. Upgraded to 1200 and 2400 eventually as money permitted...( the kids were still young then, and I'd just bought my house! Ran the BBS on a 40 MB Control Data Wren II drive...pretty good sized in those days, some folks were running boards on 8 in. floppies!!! Nick moved for health reasons, and I haven't seen Glenn in years, but I made a lot of friends over the board." - Number 2
52 Sysops currently listed.
66 BBSes Listed.