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

MAP OF THE 612 AREA CODE
612-#
BBS NAME PHONE
(1985)
612-222-3973
St. Paul, MN
Fantasy Footbal, Fantasy Sports, TW Tournament
(1989-1994)
Rick Galster, Rick Galster Proboard
612-224-7820
St. Paul, MN
Troppus BBS, Troppus OPUS
(1987-1990)
Dave Petersen, Dave PetersonMajor
612-259-0801
The Out Post, The Outpost!
(1989-1993)
Wildcat
612-291-0567
Amateur Fair Online, Digital Newsletter
(1984-1991)
K0TG
612-293-3922
St. Paul, MN,
Limited Access, Limited Access/Open Windows, Open Windows
(1985-1994)
Susan Bush, Susan Bush , BitWitch / Susan BushWildcat, FidoNet, The Net, Wildcat, TBBS
"LA/OW started out on a Sperry 8086 in 1985. It ran under various softwares and hardwares until about 1992. I, BitWitch (Sue Bush) was the sysop. At that time, many BBSes were up and really popular. I recognize many of the names on this list with really fond memories. Social clubs sprung up from the communities on the BBSes, I remember a games group where we played role-playing games on Sunday afternoons once a month at someone's house way before RPG got hot. BBSers were hobbyists on the bleeding edge. In fact, I even got a really good job once BECAUSE I was a BBS hobbyist to build a BBS network for a commercial eye-glasses manufacturer! We knew we were cool and it was a very close community that was very important to those involved. When my BBS was up, my mom would come visit and stay up all night watching the users leave messages for each other. It was mystery, magic and when CHAT arrived, we suddenly had the means to meet people from all over. At one point there was a telephone "club" that gave us the ability to dial long-distance for free, or almost free. What a deal! I called all over the US all the time. CHAT BBSes got big in the late 80's and CHATting became a lifestyle for many. People moved from one end of the country to the other to be with those they met in CHAT rooms! My sister was filmed for TV in San Fransico for doing just that. When I traveled for Sperry 1984-1986, I met people for dinner in most states I traveled to. It was fun and for me, a huge part of my social life. I remember Hue Jr., Songbird, Jimbo, Our Father, Phluffy, Fuzzy and many many more. I miss the people and that interaction, terribly. The web ain't the same. I hope the documentary does well and I applaud your efforts! I now run www.solarcook.com plz stop by and say hi! BitWitch. Sue Bush, Tucson, AZ 10/2002"
612-297-2617
Primos
(1985)
612-331-7827
Minneapolis, MN
One World
(1988-1989)
Eric Svedberg
612-332-1857
Minneapolis, MN
C Station
(1986)
Steve Ripley
612-333-2451
Computer Line (1200 Baud)
(1984)
612-333-2541
CBC Computertalk, Computer Line
(1984-1985)
612-333-2542
Computer Line
(1985)
612-333-2543
Computer Line
(1985)
612-333-2550
Computer Line
(1984)
612-333-2799
Pixel Palace, Puzzle Palace, Tymnet 1, TymNet I
(1984-1995)
(e,7,1)Propriety, Unknown
612-333-5947
Ghost Of Mecc Mail, RCP/M RBBS Twin Cities
(1984-1985)
612-333-8970
Market-Trak
(1984)
612-338-1215
Cedarwood
(1984-1985)
612-339-2789
Troppus BBS
(1986)
Darren Leno
612-339-4825
PC/TC
(1984)
612-340-0208
IBM Pc Users System, Second Ring
(1984)
612-348-2157
Metro TTY Newscenter
(1989)
612-375-0456
Haven II
(1988)
612-376-9961
X-Tend
(1984)
612-377-2470
Cactus Board, Small Citadel
(1989-1990)
Shane ZieglerSTadelv3.3c, Citadel
612-377-3398
Reg 14 Echo Coor
(1988)
John Richard
612-377-3469
PC Info Exchange, PC-Info Exchange
(1987-1994)
John Richards
612-377-7747
Captain's Log, Captian's Log
(1984-1985)
612-377-9239
Pell
(1987)
orcSTadel3.1f
612-379-3961
The Real Estate System
(1989)
Wildcat
612-420-2819
Dark Park
(1984-1985)
612-420-6486
Computer Concepts
(1987)
GBBS Pro
612-421-6972
, MN
Battlefield Earth
(1984-1990)
Dreshau, DrechsauGBBS
612-423-1055
Rosemount, MN
The Inn
(1982-1983)
The Innkeeper
"I ran this BBS in the evenings and on weekends. I was a teenager heavily into the Apple II+ that lived in my bedroom for this time hooked into the family phone line. The disks were two 5 1/4 floppies, with the one disk I used for email 'hole-punched' so I could flip it to hold more email. Users would 'page the sysop' if they couldn't find their email and I would flip the disk. Occasionally email got lost this way. It was common back then on alot of systems to have to log in on a schedule for getting your email. Lots of fun. On a side note, I am the son of 'The White Knight' or 'The Conductor' of Terminal Station. His BBS's ran on the full time number that you already have listed. :)" - Ray
612-423-5016
Rosemont, MN
CBBS Richfield, CBBS Richfield ?, CBBS Rosemont
(1982-1985)
CBBS
612-423-5048
Rosemount, MN
Terminal Station
(1984-1985)
The ConductorCitadel
From the Twin Cities Citadel History: "About a week after Dog House went up, the Terminal Station joined it, hosted also on a Z100 on the CP/M-85 side. It instantly became a rather dichotomous system, hosting both highly serious discussions of Theology, SDI, School Prayer, etc., as well as incredibly ruggish subjects, and digression became a raging plague on the system, leading to a room named Digression. It followed Dog House in getting 300/1200 access, and has the honor of being the only system that ran a disk so long that when it failed, you could see through it completely! Terminal Station is an open system."
612-423-7358
Rosemount, MN
Sci-Fi BBS, Science Fiction BBS
(1989-1999)
Matt Stelter, Matt Stelter RAccess, Remote Acc
612-424-3307
Brooklyn Center, MN
Current Affairs BBS
(1989)
John Jordan
612-425-1376
Shadows in the Mist
(1989)
PariahCit86v3.21
612-425-3408
The Friendship Express
(1989-1990)
T & GWildcat
612-426-1895
CORTEL RBBS
(1985)
612-426-6687
Electronic Albatross, Mac Refuge, MacRefuge
(1982-2000)
Scott Christensen, Scott Christensen 2nd Sight
612-426-9357
TMS White Sheet
(1989)
Wildcat
612-427-5898
Oceania
(1985)
612-427-6039
PC Concepts
(1988)
David Hazelton
612-427-7497
Refuge
(1984-1985)
612-427-7774
Anoka RBBS, Anoka Tech, Anoka Technical, Anoka Technical RBBS
(1984-1992)
Phil Forseth, Phil F/James, Phil Forseth RBBS
612-429-5001
BackFence
(1987-1994)
Jimbo, Jimbo Cit86v3.31, Citadel, Cit86v3.32, Cit86 V3
612-429-6929
Metro-Net
(1984-1985)
612-431-1107
Apple Valley, MN
Citadel-86, Free Lunch, Super Comp II, SuperComp II
(1984-1994)
Hue, Hue Sr., Supercomp User Group , Hue, Sr.Cit86v3.27, Citadel, Rbbs, Cit86v3.32, neoCit
From the Twin City Citadels History: "SuperComp, a Sperry personal computer club, originally ordered Citadel 2.10 from CUG through the instigation of Ray Schneider (aka The White Knight aka The Conductor). Brought up on a 1655 with an embedded Z80B with 8" disks on Thanksgiving of '83, the system experienced instant success and quickly became difficult to get on, despite the fact that the number was never advertised on local boards. Despite the fact that it was always run on an "open" basis, serious topics were usually the order of the day, and the digressive, silly rooms that appeared were actually viewed with relief!"

"Test System, running under MS-DOS 2.13 on a Zenith Z100, came up in the fall of '84. True to its name, it's a System that one and all are invited to bang away at, and it frequently crashes, due to programmer incompetency and strange compiler bugs and the tricks of the gremlins. Nearly functionally equivalent to the 8 bit TC Citadels, it has not been in heavy use until lately due to the extremely erratic hours it keeps (Hue, Jr. uses the computer for his own BBSing and programming). Furthermore, someday it will come down when the sysop gets a job and moves out, and it's doubtful that he'll bring it back up. But he might."

612-431-1149
Apple Valley, MN
ARCC Newsletter, HR Commodore Clique
(1985-1991)
WA0CQG
612-431-1612
Apple Valley, MN
AUPD, Stronghold South
(1984-1985)
612-431-4807
Apple Valley, MN
Lumber Yard
(1989-1990)
Pee JayCit86v3.20
612-432-3779
Minneapolis, MN
Twin Cities Atari Interest Group
(1984)
612-432-7668
Dog House BBS, Doghouse, DogHouse BBS
(1984-1987)
LuciferCit86 V3
From the Twin Cities Citadel History: "The Dog House came up about a month after Test System came up, and is also hosted on a Z100, although this time on the 8 bit CP/M-85 side (8085 chip). While suffering a number of disk problems due to the unclean environment it was run in, Lucifer's BBS became very popular for mostly light talk. In January of '85, Dog House became the first TC Citadel to have both 300/1200 access. In about February of '85, it went 'controlled' (for lack of a better word) -- new users were still welcome, but they now had to provide names and voice #s before they could use the system."
612-432-7929
Wolf's Den
(1987)
Cryo Ruggie
612-433-5194
NC Software
(1984)
612-434-3869
Andover, MN
Coco BBS
(1984)
612-434-6315
Andover, MN
Minn. Medical Conference Tree
(1985)
612-435-2554
Burnsville, MN
Barter-er RBBS, Pc Library I
(1985-1990)
Nick StuhrkDBBS
612-435-7329
Burnsville, MN
Teddy's Tavern
(1984)
612-435-8058
Burnsville, MN
Pc Library Guests, Pc Library III (Guest Accounts), PC Library Telecom Systems, PC-Lib, PC-Library Telecom Systems
(1987-1994)
Nick Sturhk, Nick Stuhrk, Nick Stuhrk MajorBBS , DBBS, Major Bbs
612-439-1101
Citadel
(1984)
612-439-3916
Stillwater, MN
The Dark Domain
(1986-1988)
Jim HaaseC-Net 12.0
"Hardware: C-64, 5 Meg HD, SFD-1001 (1 meg floppy), 2 1541 Floppys. All the old C-Net mods were in play." - Jim Haase
612-439-6516
Stillwater, MN
RPG Connection
(1989-1991)
RockerDMBBS
"This BBS was setup using a Commodore 64 and a 2400bps modem. Was exclusive to RPG games that were popular at the time like AD&D and GURPS." - Rocker
612-439-7911
NC Software
(1985)
612-439-9656
Pavilion of Dreams
(1987)
The Saintpseudo
612-441-3496
Circuit Board
(1984)
612-446-1419
St Bonifacius, MN
O.O.P.S. BBS, OOPSNET BBS, Ralph's P.E.B.
(1989-1991)
Ralph Johnson, Ralph Johnson Opus
612-452-5384
Eagan, MN
C Station
(1989)
Steve Ripley
612-452-6530
Eagan, MN
Sonshine System
(1984-1985)
612-454-1029
The Grapevine
(1985)
612-455-1235
Delta Force, Wasteland BBS
(1982-2001)
Richard Mitcheltree, Storm ShadowC-Net
612-455-1646
Simple Simon
(1985)
612-456-9450
Amer. Data Term., Amer. Data Term. PCB, American Data Terminals, Trail TV
(1989-1992)
Dan Foss, S. SchumacherPCBoard, TBBS
612-457-4139
Knight's Info Exchange, Knights Info Exchange
(1984-1985)
612-457-6074
Excaliber BBS, MusicNet, The Excalibur BBS, The PsychotiC BBS
(1984-1999)
Justin Dybedahl, ExcaliberWildcat and Renegade
612-459-8095
Just Another Citadel, ThePhoenix
(1985-1988)
Jay Johnson, StallionCit68K 2.14
From the Twin Cities Citadel History: "Just Another Citadel went up on about 85Apr12, and was instantly welcome due to the fact that SuperComp and Terminal Station were down, and Dog House was unstable. It seems to be off to a fine start, and is an open system, being run on a Digilog 1500 under CP/M-80."
612-459-9868
Crystal Core
(1984-1985)
612-460-6056
Dog House, DogLink MN, The Doghouse
(1989-1998)
K-9, Lew Wurdeman, K-9 Cit86v3.26, Citadel, Cit86v3.32
612-464-6726
Forest Lake, MN
Joshua, JOSHUA Jr Net, JOSHUA's Net BBS
(1988-1990)
Russ LaneOpus
612-469-3296
Wolf Den, Wolf's Den
(1989-1992)
Cryo Ruggie, Cryo Ruggie Cit86v3.27, Citadel, Cit86v3.32
612-470-0093
Illusions...
(1987)
Mary MaryCit86 V3
612-470-9635
Citadel-86 Test Sys, Citadel-86 Test System, Test System
(1984-2001)
Hue, Jr., Hue Jr., Hue, Jr. Citadel-86, Cit86v3.31, Cit86v3.33
"Second Citadel in the Twin Cities, last one down, I suspect." - Hue, Jr.
612-471-0060
Navarre, MN
Radio Waves BBS
(1987-1990)
Metalhead, The Unknown Soldier & The SenseiForum, Forum BBS, Forum (Customized)
"Rockin' Alliance and The Syndicate Report Distribution Site. This site was named after a Roger waters song called Radio Waves." - Conal Garrity
612-471-0252
ABBS Calvary Mission Church
(1982-1983)
612-472-2218
Minnesota Epson Net, RTPM QX-10, RTPM QX-10 Minneapolis
(1984-1985)
612-472-3985
ABBS Calvary Mission Church
(1983)
612-473-3376

(1984-1985)
612-475-4051
Penitentiary
(1984)
612-477-2922
Computer Dating
(1984)
612-483-2660
Knights Of Darkness
(1984)
612-483-8968
St. Paul, MN
Fortress of Evermore
(1984-1990)
Silver KnightVBBS
612-484-1302
The City
(1987)
GBBS Pro
612-484-1761
GamBit Timeshare
(1985)
612-484-3636
St. Paul,, MN
Gambit, GamBit Unison
(1983-1987)
AEK, Albatross, Eadgbe,Speedy,TypoAEK custom QNX 16-port multiuser
"GamBit MultiSystems offered e-mail, interactive chat, interactive games, and discussion forums from 1983 to 1987. The platform was an IBM PC-XT running QNX on a 16-port Hostess card with 300 BPS modems. Its most popular interactive game (or MUD) Scepter of Goth, was AEK's adaptation of his popular "Milieu" game that ran from 1978-1982 on the State of Minnesota's educational computing mainframe (MECC)."

"Scepter of Goth was migrated to a Charles River Data Systems minicomputer and rewritten into the "Screenplay" program. This program featured programmable, learning automatons, scripted games, and a powerful set of internal programming languages for game wizards ("Hi" and "Lo")."

"GamBit franchised its operation to 12 cities in the U.S. and Canada, and was sold to a Virginia company named "Interplay" (now defunct -- no relation to existing companies with that name)."

"AEK's Milieu, Scepter of Goth and Screenplay programs are some of the earliest historical MUDs. Many of the features of the software (i.e. learning/trainable automatons) did not appear in general MUD/MUSH/MOO programs for another decade." - Albatross

612-484-5925
Roseville, MN
Krackline
(1983-1986)
Krackmaster (Thought Police group affiliated)NDC BBS Software (co-written by Sir William)
612-484-9293
GamBit Timeshare
(1985)
612-488-0879
AEK MBBS
(1984)
612-489-7309
C Station
(1987-1988)
Steve Ripley
612-490-0025
Roseville, MN
Alliance I, The Alliance
(1984-1988)
Professor FalkenForum BBS
612-490-0341
Vadnais Hgts, MN
Net 282 Echo Coordinator, Nick's Nest 9600
(1989-1991)
Don Seiford, Don SiefordOpus
612-490-1187
Vadnais Hgts, MN
Nick's Nest, Nicks Nest
(1987-1994)
Don Seiford, Don SiefordOpus
612-493-5112
Brooklyn Center, MN
Current Affairs BBS
(1989-1992)
John Jordan
612-521-0008
Barter Board, U.S. Barter System, US Barter System BBS
(1984-1989)
612-522-1294
Alliance II
(1987)
Forum
612-522-2026
The U.S. Veterans BBS, U.S. Veterans #1, US Vets Board
(1988-1994)
Glen Kepler, Glen Kepler Wildcat
612-522-3823
Post Office
(1984-1985)
612-522-3959
Minneapolis, MN
Playdo Land II
(1987-1990)
The TransmogrifierEmulex/II, Genesis
612-533-1957
MCMS NC Software
(1982-1983)
612-533-2198
Sanctuary
(1987)
RocciCit86 2.12
612-533-8790
Atlas, The Atlas
(1984-1985)
612-533-9103
Second City
(1987-1988)
Shadow Warriorpseudo
612-535-0568
Crystal, MN
Impulse
(1988)
612-535-8507
Crystal, MN
Microcomp-80
(1984)
612-535-9425
Minneapolis, MN
AirStrip One
(1983-1986)
Mad CanadianNDC BBS Software (co-written by Sir William), Self written
"Hi, Just for a lark, I googled the phone number of the BBS that I ran back in high school, and found this site. The Software was written by myself. The modem driver, and email system I 'borrowed' from a guy out in California. I can't remember his name. I would get home from school, verify new members, and put in various updates. I had all sorts of stuff on there. Casino, dungeon, (and not some lame 'hallway of death', but a three dimensional maze), goofy games, you name it. All this on an Apple //e, with FOUR disk drives. Count them, FOUR disk drives! Back in the mid-80's, I was living large! My biggest pet peeve was that Computer User would print the BBS numbers in alphabetical order, and mine was on top. I would get EVERYONE calling my BBS. Christmas was the worst. I would get Commodore 64 users logging on wanting to know where they could get games for their new C-64... Ugh... I parlayed that love of programming into a 12 year career as a computer programmer starting with the USAF right out of high school. So the site pretty much went down on 15 Jul 86. :) I think my brother has that old Apple //e. I wonder if he still has it..." - Mad Canadian/Thought Police
612-540-0071
SORBUS Technical BBS
(1988)
Tim Aaberg
612-541-3045
Minneapolis, MN
QA Forum
(1987-1993)
Wayne Stenson, Wayne Stenson Opus
612-542-5322
QA Forum
(1986)
Wayne Stenson
612-544-3980
Minneapolis, MN
Tecate
(1985)
612-544-9058
Minneapolis, MN
Taig
(1984-1985)
612-545-3995
Minneapolis, MN
Tcccc BBS
(1984)
612-545-6575
Minneapolis, MN
Taylored Solutions
(1989-1992)
Bill TaylorOpus
612-546-1013
On-Target
(1984-1985)
612-546-1928
Saylor's Software First
(1985)
612-546-1982
Saylor's Software First
(1984)
612-553-0150
Plymouth BBS , The Plymouth BBS
(1988-1996)
BruceHaefemeyer, Bruce Haefemeyer, Bruce PCBoard , PC Board
612-553-0908
The Tower
(1988)
Appolusionist
612-557-1489
Plymouth, MN
Playdo Land, Playdoland
(1987-1990)
Emulex/II, Genesis
612-559-7684
Great Northern Epson
(1985)
612-561-0939
Arrakis
(1984-1985)
612-561-2924
Belvue BBS, Romeo
(1984-1985)
612-561-4110
No BS BBS, No Bullshit BBS
(1984-1985)
612-561-5590
Brooklyn Park, MN
Deadlock
(1987-1988)
NinjasbaneIvory BBS
612-561-6311
Z I M - N E T
(1982)
612-566-5726
Minneapolis, MN
Friendship Express, The Freindship Express, The Friendship Expres, The Friendship Express
(1988-1998)
Toni/Glen, T & G , Glen WilliamsonMajor Bbs
From the September 1994 issue of Boardwatch: Minneapolis, Minnesota since 12/88. Sysop: Glen Williamson. Using Major BBS 6.03 with 32 lines on MS-DOS 80486 with 450 MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $ 1/hr Hourly fee. Best kept secret in North America! Part of Majornet, with 1000's of members in ALL 50 states and Canada! If you're interested in swinging, gay, lesbian, bi, straight, leather, Xdressing, B&D/S&M, etc, then this board is for YOU. FREE swinger's magazines!
612-566-9084
Starfleet Headquarters
(1985)
612-571-5965
Loki's Corner
(1984-1985)
612-572-0894
PC Concepts
(1986-1988)
David Hazelton
612-588-2304
Minneapolis, MN
Dark Side
(1987)
RamblerCitadel
612-588-3301
Minneapolis, MN
Star View Cnct., Star View Connection, Starview Connection, The Starview Connection
(1988-1994)
Robert Carlson, Bob Carlson Wildcat
612-588-7856
Minneapolis, MN
Stronghold North
(1984-1985)
612-591-7767
New Hope, MN
The O-Zone BBS
(1989-1995)
Jim BiggsQBBS
612-593-9857
Softies
(1985)
612-623-0152
Terrapin Sta. , Terrapin Sta.(N, Terrapin Station Public#1
(1985-1996)
Howard Ekman, Howard Ekman dBBS , Wildcat
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612-623-1156
Terrapin Station
(1984-1986)
Howard Ekman
612-631-8348
New Brighton, MN
Chimeran Conspiracy
(1989-1991)
Draconis, Mr. Xerox, Professor Falken, Rick of Pier96, MikLamerUnknown (BBS Software Run from 8mb RAMdisk)
612-633-0509
Arden Hills, Mn
Smash Palace North
(1985-1989)
RadRickGBBS, NEXUS
"Smash Palace originated in Kearney Nebraska with a SysOp Steve and his wife. Eventually there was a Smash Palace South in Texas, a Smash Palace East in New Jersey, and I also think there was one in Canada. Smash Palace North was about messages, files, and phreaking. Frequently visited by LoD/H members, and cDc (Cult of the Dead Cow) members." - Shado
612-633-6649
Bright Net
(1984)
612-633-6681
Fone ConsPiracy II
(1987)
Emulex
612-636-0599
Software Connection
(1984)
612-636-1618
Last Dimension, Last Dimention
(1984-1985)
612-636-8831
TCCCC BBS #1(Flagship)
(1985)
612-636-9046
AE Line: GREEL, Fone ConsPiracy, Fone ConsPiracy I, PhonCnspracy
(1985-1988)
Emulex
612-638-4703
Mailbox
(1985)
612-638-8541
NCR-PC RBBS
(1985)
612-642-0483
St. Paul, MN
Blind Services BBS, Services for Blind
(1982-2003)
Robert Watson, Robert Watson Wildcat, Wildcat!
612-642-4629
St. Paul, MN
Conus, CONUS BBS
(1989-1994)
Scott Christensen, Scott ChristennRed Ryder
612-642-5906
St. Paul, MN
MN Space Frontier, [(hp)]al
(1982-2000)
Rich Brown, Rich Brown Rbbs
612-644-2551
Callahan's, Callahan's Place
(1988-1998)
Chilly WillyCitadel (8086 Version), Cit86v3.31, Cit86v3.32
612-644-6302
City Hunter
(1986)
Akihiko Okada
612-645-7132
AE Line: OZZY, AE LINE: OZZY
(1984-1985)
612-646-7428
MINNE FIDO
(1986)
Steve MartineauFidoNet
612-647-0422
Port, The Port
(1984-1985)
612-649-1143
St. Paul, MN
Abiogenetic
(1984-1992)
Barry WatsonForum, Forum BBS
612-681-9520
ASTRONOMERS RBBS , Star Net, STAR*NET HQ 2, STAR*NET PUB INFO, Star-Net , Star-Net,Hi-Tech
(1985-1996)
Chuck Cole, Chuck Cole RBBS
612-688-8166
C.O.N.T.R.O.L.
(1988)
Tim Aaberg
612-690-0689
Great White North
(1984-1985)
612-698-1485
Miller's Amiga, MillerAmiga
(1988-1992)
Peter Miller, Pete Miller TAG-BBS
612-698-6606
The Playhouse
(1984-2000)
Dillon Murray
612-721-1177
Minneapolis, MN
Playhouse BBS, Star City BBS
(1989-1990)
Robin Blue, Connie & JohnRBBS
612-721-8967
Minneapolis, MN
Terra Board, Terraboard
(1986-1995)
David Dyer-Bennet, D. Dyer-Bennett, David Dyer-Bennet , D. Dyer-Bennett Opus, Remote Acc
612-722-0430
Midisynth.St
(1987)
Dr.db,Lydian KeyStadel3.1e
612-724-7066
BBS The Safehouse, RBBS IBM PC Safehouse, Safehouse, Safehouse BBS, THE SAFEHOUSE
(1983-1987)
"I can still recall THIS NUMBER from over twenty years ago and its bbs - The Safehouse. It was the only time I paid for online access (5$). By 9th grade (1984) I was well into the legendary 612 BBS scene. I even found a post archived by my young self somewhere on the internet - insane. Anyways, the famous SuperPirates home base as it were was the Safehouse BBS. Remember "the Burglar" and his infamous crack of the famous zero sector copy protection scheme used for Flight Simulator I - recall how it would reboot 3 times on the copied disk? Crazy stuff. The Safehouse had an awesome series of text files on phreaking and whatnot, and one of the earliest two-modem "Chat with other user" features I'd ever seen. Another mpls bbs was called "The Curse BBS" run by an asian guy who was adopted. It was famous because it had the ever impressive reverse moving twirling cursor which no one seemed to be able to figure out how that bit of software had been written. Oh those were the days - free long distance phone calls, the FBI trying to figure out how kids were using credit cards to order stuff, etc etc. We used to attend parties to swap disks - how quaint. 1200 baud going to 2400 was a giant leap. And how about when I used Turbo Pascal on my CP/M card to blow away the poor fools using the apple compilier in programming class...Those were the good times hmm. I became a specialist physician, but still love screwing around on computers. Thanks for bringing back some pleasant memories." - Rolic
612-724-7779
The BeeB
(1985)
612-725-8091
Minneapolis, MN
Think Tank BBS
(1989-1990)
Mike Candy
612-727-2184
Duluth BBS
(1984)
612-729-1985
MCMLXXXV (1985), MCMLXXXV (The 1985 BBS)
(1984-1985)
612-730-0822
Shadow Fax BBS, Shadowfax, ShadowFax BBS
(1989-1996)
Wayne CopelandWildcat
612-731-1063
United RBBS
(1984-1990)
Denny MixPropriety
612-731-1349
Z-net
(1985)
612-738-8736
Outpost/612
(1984)
612-739-3910
World Of Grim
(1984)
612-739-4074
Galactic Bar, The Time Capsule
(1984)
The Invader
612-753-1622
Anoka, MN
Egads
(1987-1990)
HelperMetropolis
612-753-3082
Minneapolis, MN
Goliath TBBS, MCMS Goliath
(1983-1994)
Mike Leonhardt, Mike Leonhardt Seadog, MCMS, Tbbs
612-755-5898
Blaine, MN
Mid West Temporary Coordinator, Net 282 Echo Coordinator, SW Hub, The OUJIA Board, Twin Cities Metronet
(1984-2003)
Jeff Smith
612-770-0874
Maplewood, MN
Renaissance, Renaissance Fair
(1986-1990)
John BarleycornPseudodel, Pseudodel (Apple // port of Citadel)
"I ran this BBS during high school and briefly into college, on a second phone line in my parents' house. The software was written by Todd Murray aka "Shadow Warrior" of Second City BBS and distributed for $20.

"I have the original 5.25" disks and actually fired up the Apple //c last night (August 12, 2002), and it still appears to work after laying dormant for over a decade. I've networked (serial cable) the Apple //c to an old Mac IIci on my home LAN and I'm migrating all of the data over to my modern Windows and Linux PC's for archival purposes.

"We held occasional user meetings at a pizza joint in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota, or at the Minnesota amusement park, Valley Fair.

"I bought that computer before I bought my first car, with my own funds, and paid about $500 for the Apple Personal 300/1200 baud modem as I recall.

"In the late 1980's and early 1990's the University of Minnesota's Gopher really took off. I remember getting online with it very early, and securing a copy of winsock.dll and Mosaic for my Windows 3.1 PC, and the world opened up. I wrote one of the earliest web pages in Minnesota, and now work for the University of Minnesota myself. The local dialup BBS seemed so limited in comparison, and so I discontinued it around 1990." -Paul Bramscher

612-771-8659
M-Z-D, MZD
(1984-1985)
612-774-0133
Black Service
(1989-1990)
JanusCitadel+
612-774-3354
Artificial Reality
(1989-1990)
Thomas Katt, Tom KattParaCitadel, TPro
612-776-4138
Rainbow Bridge
(1989-1990)
SongBird, SongbirdCit86v3.12, Citadel
612-776-7222
St. Paul Radio Club BBS
(1985)
612-777-5327
N.St.Paul, MN
AE Line: DRAGON
(1985)
612-778-0506
Tcx 68000 Network, Twin City Express, TwinCityXprss
(1984-1998)
James Meehan, Jim Meehan, James Meehan TBBS
612-778-0594
TC Express
(1985)
612-778-1213
Heathkit (Zenith), Smugh
(1984-1990)
612-780-8393
Random Seconds, Random Seconds RBBS
(1984-1985)
612-781-6840
Computer Connection
(1984)
612-784-8643
POOF
(1989-1992)
Bugmastah, Bugmastah STadel3.3c
612-786-8181
User-Friendly Computer
(1984)
612-788-2714
Minneapolis, MN
Bad Sector
(1984-1991)
Biko MackCitadel
Now located at http://www.visi.com.
612-788-2741
Bad Sector
(1987-1990)
Biko MackCit86v3.31, Citadel, Cit86 V3
612-788-8029
Motel, The Motel
(1984-1990)
Mr AutomanTBBSt
612-789-5761
Stonehenge
(1984-1985)
612-789-6393
Portal!/Earthwatch!
(1989)
Wildcat
612-822-1196
Minneapolis, MN
Sawbones, Sawbones BBS
(1988-1990)
Group HealthRed Ryder, Red Ryder Host
612-822-1968
Minneapolis, MN
TheGameBoard
(1986)
David Messer
612-822-4812
Minneapolis, MN
(A Gem of an OPUS), Fire Opal
(1988-1997)
Scott Raun, Scott Raun Opus
612-824-0333
Mac Skyline
(1988-1990)
Ian AbleRed Ryder, Red Ryder Host
612-824-2575
Rischer CRBBS, Risher CR-BBS
(1984-1985)
612-824-7550
TRS/CPM MBBS
(1985)
Kim Johnson
612-825-3351
Minneapolis, MN
Flying Buffalo
(1985)
612-825-4296
Minneapolis, MN
MIDI, Midiapolis
(1984-1992)
Lydian KevSTadel
612-825-5852
Minneapolis, MN
Pirate Island
(1984)
612-831-0710
Jefferson's Connection
(1984)
612-831-1492
Ocean Blue, Revelstone
(1984-1989)
AbominogCit86v3.19
612-831-4030
PSA IBM
(1984)
612-831-7732
AE Line: MAJORS, AE LINE: MAJORS
(1984-1985)
612-854-5748
Rural Ventures Growth Inc.
(1985)
612-854-6909
Bloomington, MN
SE HUB, Sporga's Place, Sporga's Place BBS , Sporgas Place
(1982-2003)
David WhitakerProboard
612-854-9691
CONFERENCE-TREE Minneapolis
(1982-1985)
612-866-1804
Richfield, MN
Citadel-86 Test Sys
(1987)
Hue, Jr.Cit86 V3
612-866-5673
Richfield, MN
Sa'Shir
(1986-1992)
Little JohnLitfal
"A fine RPG-BBS back in the day, using Shawn (Starrelyte) Stanley's software in Sa'Shir's final incarnation. Had a good core cadre of players. Great fun. BBS was unplugged when I sold my Apple IIgs - I had moved to the Amiga. The phone number 866-5673 spelled "Too Lose", so the BBS motto was "Play Too Lose", which fit in well with Shawn's Paranoia-esque software. I still run across some of the old regulars, on World of Warcraft. And keep in touch with some of the old crowd from Grapevine, Revelstone, Images at Twilight, Wintermute, Safehouse." - John "Eljay" (Little John) Love-Jensen
612-866-7374
Richfield, MN
Homer Goatmier's Academy of The Brain
(1985)
612-869-3246
Computer Place, Computer Place RBBS
(1984-1990)
Andy LantosRBBS
612-869-5780
Minneapolis, MN
CBBS
(1981)
Doug PooleCBBS
612-870-3667
Search Institute, Si RBBS
(1984)
612-870-7905
Search Institute
(1985)
612-872-2352
Conference Tree, FIDO Lawcat, Krackline, LawCAT, LAWSIG
(1984-1990)
Paula Giese, FuzzyFidoNet, Fido-Net
612-881-0142
House of Rising Sun, Rising Sun
(1987-1988)
SunriseCit68k 2.14
612-884-3210
Bloomington, MN
City of the Damned
(1986-1989)
The SpiritRockTalk
"This BBS also had other names. I can't remember all of them, but a few were Infinite Dreams, The Moriarity Hotel (many people told me I spelled "Moriarty" wrong), and there was a backdoor when you went to Infinite Dreams. If you typed "USAPHREAKCO" as your username it would take you to "The Sanctuary" BBS where it had all of the neat0 k-k00l pirate stuff. I don't remember the name of the software I used. It was made by Lord Winterstar and was based on another system. I think the other system was TPro. Anyway, it was up in different incarnations from the time I was in 6th grade until 8th grade when I got caught by MidAmerica for phreaking. A whopping $250 fine for my parents." - The Spirit
612-884-7951
Images At Twilight, Images@Twilite, TWM's MTHboard
(1984-1999)
Sy_Borg, Sy Borg, Sy Borg Cit68k3.27, Citadel, Cit68k3.31, Cit68k 2.14
"Images was first known as TWM's MTHboard and started 4/8/1984, it then quickly changed over to Images at Twilight in 1985 and ran more or less continuously on a variety of hardware until late 1999. Which means I was a BBS sysop for around 14 years. Phew! When the hardware was new, my uptime was pretty good but as it aged the system started failing fairly predictably. Images had been running unnattended at my mothers house (she had passed away in May of 1998) and since I was the executor of the estate something needed to be done - my wife and I actually decided to move into the home since we were apartment dwellers at the time and I ran Images a little bit more, but the hardware was dying and I wanted DSL for my own machine so I had the line disconnected. The Amiga 1000 that ran Images is currently intact and sitting in the basement, resting peacefully. At shutdown, I'd had something on the order of 80,000+ messages posted on the system and was networked with similar Citadels all over the country. Now, here's the kicker: much of the old Twin City Citadel BBS community moved to a text-based Citadel that runs on Unix based machines. If you telnet to anansi-web.com and type BBS, you will find a world-wide text-based Citadel BBS. Much of the old BBS community congregate here. I'm considering putting one up on my current box but you know how it is, you can't go home again right?" - Todd Madson
612-888-2819
Bloomington, MN
IMSI BBS
(1988)
Mike Boe
612-888-3712
Bloomington, MN
Mac Smorgasboard, Macintosh SmorgasBoard
(1989-1990)
Tony AustinsonWWIV
612-888-9739
Bloomington, MN
File Cabinet Bbs, The File Cabinet BBS
(1989-1992)
Richard Vonzel, Richard Vonzel QBBS, Pc Board
612-895-8035
Chez Spaz, Chez' Spaz
(1989-1995)
Your Father, Your Father Citadel, Cit86v3.27, Cit86v3.32
612-920-0384
Alpha Sam 2
(1984)
612-920-1889
Ti BBS
(1984)
612-920-6953
Electronic Shopper
(1984-1985)
612-920-L5MN
NASA/ESA press rels.
(1988-1991)
L5 Society
612-925-1809
St. Louis Park, MN
Late Night With Norton
(1989-1990)
Mark Udstrand
612-926-9208
St Louis Park, MN
Crystal Cavern
(1985)
612-929-0551
Diskcover Software
(1985)
612-929-6530
Ichthus
(1984-1985)
612-929-6699
Minneapolis, MN
PMS - Minneapolis, PMS Minneapolis, PMS Mpls
(1982-1985)
PMS
612-929-8966
Minneapolis, MN
City Desk Computer, PMS - Twin Cities, PMS Twin Cities
(1983-1985)
PMS
612-931-5880
Hopkins, MN
H.P.C.U.G.
(1989)
Mark Schultz
612-931-5960
Hopkins, MN
GhostRider Fido
(1989)
Mark SchultzFidoNet
612-932-0743
Class of 68, Class68
(1989-1990)
Greg ForsethSTadel
612-933-6062
Hopkins, MN
The Officers' Club
(1984-1985)
The General
612-934-3751
CTS Want Ads, Cts-Want Ads
(1984-1985)
612-934-4880
Police Station
(1984-1985)
612-934-5957
Commodites, Comoditties ABBS
(1984-1985)
612-934-6710
Valicarr Castle
(1984)
612-935-4947
After Hours
(1989)
612-937-9191
Cygnus X-1
(1984)
612-938-1875
Minnetonka, MN
Mid West, Tc Ams Sub. Line #1, Tc AMS Subs, TC-AMS TBBS, Twin Cities Metronet
(1987-1998)
Steve Sherwick, Steve Sherwick TBBS
612-938-1997
Minnetonka, MN
Final Frontier, Hacker's Haven
(1984-1985)
612-938-4301
Minnetonka, MN
City Terminal
(1987-1991)
John ParlinQBBS
612-938-4799
Minnetonka, MN
Tc AMS, Tc Ams - Public Line, TC-AMS TBBS, TC-ANS
(1984-1999)
Steve Sherwick, Steve Sherwick , Steven SherwickTBBS
612-938-4809
Minnetonka, MN
C Station
(1987-1988)
Steve Ripley
612-938-7535
Minnetonka, MN
Deep Thot, Deep Thought
(1984-1985)
612-938-8580
Minnetonka, MN
New Eden
(1988)
612-938-8924
Minnetonka, MN
Dark Knight Table, The Dark Knight's Table
(1989-1995)
Erik Jacobson, Erik Jacobson QBBS, Maximus
612-941-6582
JobStar, Valicarr Castle
(1985)
612-941-8519
Golfsoft's BBS
(1984-1985)
612-941-9300
Connection, Connection 1, Connection I, The Connection
(1984-1992)
The Connection, Kare Tv 11 Mainframe
612-944-3291
AZ BBS
(1984)
612-944-5003
Talk Line
(1984-1985)
612-Syst
Twin City Area Bulletin Board
(1985)
136 Sysops currently listed.
271 BBSes Listed.