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

MAP OF THE 815 AREA CODE
815-226-5766
ROCKFORD, IL
The White Elephant BBS
(1989)
Mike Crooks
815-232-5853
FREEPORT, IL
Electric Dreams, ElectricDreams
(1989)
Mike Harrison
815-282-9248
ROCKFORD, IL
Rockford Area, The Eagle's Nest, The Eagle's Net
(1989-1994)
Steve See
815-284-9036
Dixon, IL
Pegasoft - Dixon, Pegasoft - Sterling
(1986-1999)
Kent Meyer, Shelby MeyerWildcat, WildCat!
"Pegasoft Dixon and Pegasoft Sterling 815-625-1584 were run by brothers Kent and Shelby Meyer. Shelby started Pegasoft with a Commodore 128 with a 1200 baud modem running 3 hours a night. It slowly grew to the Amiga platform to 2 cities, Dixon and Sterling, and had up to 5 total lines dedicated to it. Even today I still talk with computer friends and colleagues and we reminisce about the fun times playing TradeWars, Empire, and other online games. The message boards were awesome to communicate with others. We even offered free email accounts before the BBS era came to an end. We had lots of fun with this and truly miss the good times!" - Kent Meyer

"PEGASOFT-Sterling was in operation from 1986-1996 and ran 2 lines. 815-284-3681 and 815-284-9036 PEGASOFT was an abbreviation for Pegasus Software. The BBS was a member of several different messaging networks at that time. The BBS also kept 18 CD~Rs of software online for the callers and supported a couple dozen online games. The BBS was originally known as Pegasoft. My brother eventually created one called Pegasoft Dixon which had 3 lines. Somewhere I even have the complete history of the BBS in a 2 page essay. The BBS used Wildcat at the end. However it used about 6 different software packages over the years." - Shelby Meyer

815-337-0279
WOODSTOCK, IL
CHART-Board, First, ESP-BBS, First Chart, First CHART-Board
(1989-1996)
Mather/BrentonTBBS
815-344-0481
MCHENRY, IL
The Archives
(1986)
815-385-5031
MCHENRY, IL
McHenry , McHenry BBS 1, The McHenry BBS, The McHenry PCB REL
(1988-1996)
Bob WalkerPCBoard
815-397-3210
ROCKFORD, IL
Micro-Net, Micronet BBS, Un-Named Board
(1985-1991 )
Steve CarlsonPCBoard
815-429-3533
SHELDON, IL
The Alternative Universe
(1987-1989)
Wildcat
815-436-5610
PLAINFIELD, IL
Sherwood Forest
(1985-1988)
Lazarus Long, Cal SongsingerGBBS
815-452-2773
TOLUCA, IL
IC Connection, IC Connx, Iconnex MIDI BBS
(1989-1994)
Jim Thomas
815-455-2406
Rockford, IL
ABBS Nessy Flynn's BBS, Flynn's Game System, MODEM MEDIUM Flynn's Game Sys., MODEM MEDIUM Flynn's Game System
(1983-1985)
MODEM MEDIUM
815-459-0825
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
I.C.I.X., I.C.I.X. BBS, ICIX, Illustrious I.C.I.X, Illustrious I.C.I.X.
(1988-2004)
John KroneSpitfire
815-459-3570
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
The Hell Keep
(1989-1996)
Dragon-Bait Starvo M. BetaRenegade/OBv2
"Primarily local message nets, and Online Inter-BBS games. (BRE, LORD, SRE, etc..) For the majority of its life, it was 3 lines, with a slimming down to 2 lines at the end of 1996."
815-459-9201
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
I.C.I.X., Illustrious I.C.I.X.
(1988-2001)
John KroneSpitfire
815-633-0094
Rockford, IL
Bloomford BBS
(1987-1990)
Kim Kirkpatrick (AKA KIM)Wildcat
815-633-4508
ROCKFORD, IL
Micro Net, Micro-Net
(1989-1994)
Steve CarlsonPCBoard
815-633-6455
ROCKFORD, IL
Rockford Area, SilverDragonInn, SilverDragonInn , The Silver Dragon Inn
(1989-1994)
Roy Feltner
815-672-5401
STREATOR, IL
Chatterbox RBBS MIDI 33m, IC Connx
(1987-1991 )
Jim Thomas
815-723-2522
Joliet, IL
Funeral Home, Monastery, Lords Of The Evil Dominion
(1987-1993)
McCalley, Lord ReebokGBBS
"Funeral Home Sysop Undertaker 1984-1985, Monastery Sysop Brother Wayne 1985-1986 Final BBS Lords of the Evil Dominion 1987-1993 Apple //e 10meg hard drive and Hayes modem 300/1200/2400 baud."
815-727-4020
JOLIET, IL
The Hill of Tara
(1988)
The Highlander
815-728-0455
WONDER LAKE, IL
Pro-Ren
(1989-1995)
815-729-0188
JOLIET, IL
Dark Castle, The Dark Castle
(1984-1998)
The Keeper
815-729-9896
Shorewood, Illinois
Radio Free Illinois BBS
(1988-1998)
Mike BohlerRBBS, VBBS, PCBOARD
"I ran Radio Free Illinois pretty much constant for ten years starting in the spring of 1988. Before that I did some intermittent testing using a TRS-80 color computer. Eventually broke down and got an IBM XT clone and started Radio Free Illinois. I had started using RBBS since it was a free, open source program and allowed some real modifications. In the mid 90~Rs I got involved with FIDO and The internet and had fairly good setup. I still have much of the software I used." - Mike Bohler AKA Dr. Oldsmobile
815-741-2135
JOLIET, IL
The Clinic
(1986-1987)
815-744-7080
JOLIET, IL
Tandy RBBS
(1987-1989)
Bob Gray
815-777-3327
Galena, IL
Dark Castle II
(1983-1984)
815-822-4049
CHICAGO, IL
Infocom 64
(1986)
815-834-1914
Lockport, IL
Rick's Cafe
(1987-1992)
Rich TurnerForum
815-838-1020
Lockport, IL
MCMS J.A.M.S. Lockport, MCMS JAMS
(1982-1985)
MCMS
815-838-5464
LOCKPORT, IL
Mainflow AE
(1986)
Ascii Express
815-838-8734
LOCKPORT, IL
CAMAC Online
(1987-1993)
Jim StephensonWildcat
815-933-7741
KANKAKEE, IL
Bourbon. Opus, Bourbonnais BBS
(1987-1990)
Haydn Doughty
815-935-5480
KANKAKEE, IL
Kanka Hacks
(1988)
815-962-7677
ROCKFORD, IL
TimeMachine!
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
815-965-5606
ROCKFORD, IL
PRIMETIME, SKYLink BBS
(1988)
Wildcat, Red Ryder Host
24 Sysops currently listed.
36 BBSes Listed.