36 Ways You Know You’re From Bowling Green

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I love Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s where I call home. Let’s take a trip down memory lane together and see who remembers what Bowling Green used to be like.

  1. You can explain what “Purple” and “Big Red” really are.
  2. You have to argue that Bowling Green is not in Western Kentucky, it’s South Central.
  3. The thought of driving on Scottsville Road at 5pm makes you cringe.
  4. You remember the “thing” to do was cruise around Greenwood Mall.
  5. You know that Scottsville Road/Broadway/12th is the same road.
  6. Your school field trips included Mammoth Cave and Capitol Arts Studio.
  7. It only cost a dime to spend all day at Beech Bend park.
  8. You know what Toot’s is.
  9. You know all the people that work at WBKO.
  10. You remember the O’Charley’s on the bypass.
  11. You wonder why it’s taking years to renovate the house on Broadway.
  12. You know where all the consignment stores are located and shortcuts to get there.
  13. You know where the Krispy Kreme used to be.
  14. You’ve been to numerous birthday parties at the Skate Center.
  15. You lose track of all the “southern” theme stores.
  16. You remember when Campbell Lane was just a two-lane road through a cornfield.
  17. You shopped at the old Bowling Green Mall on Nashville Road.
  18. You know who The Mills are.
  19. Po Folks.
  20. You love Judy’s Castle.
  21. You and your friends used to hang out in Grant’s parking lot doing wheelies in the snow.
  22. You remember the sinkhole at Greenwood Mall.
  23. You know DUC isn’t a web footed bird.
  24. You remember when there were the big 3: WCHS, BGHS, WEHS
  25. You remember Lost River Cave before it was an attraction.
  26. It’s still the “new” Walmart on Morgantown Rd.
  27. Froggy’s > Hilligans
  28. Clark the waving clown.
  29. When giving directions you refer to The Bypass 90% of the time.
  30. When your waitress wears a shirt that says “No, I’m not Teresa.”
  31. You went sledding on hospital hill.
  32. You used to get a bag of the small Rileys cookies with icing on them.
  33. You or somebody you know goes to Seaside for vacation.
  34. You see all your high school friends every weekend you go to Brew Co.
  35. You remember the old Riverside Drive-In.
  36. You know who Peanuts Gaines is.

If you have any others please share below!



  • Sam

    Stice’s restaurant

  • Sam

    You remember the W-H-I-S-K-E-Y sign coming off the interstate on Scottsville Rd

  • Sam

    You remember K-mart on the bypass

  • Sam

    Kings on Scottsville Rd

  • Sam

    Shooting pool at guys and dolls

  • Martha

    King Fish on Scottsville Road

  • Martha

    Sawmill on Louisville Road

  • Martha

    Run Way Five

    • Jimmie Lindsey

      Brass A… Literary Club…Alabi…Yellow Hydrant….lots of great places are gone

  • Martha

    Iron Skillet (first one) on Scottsville with an awesome salad bar!

  • Martha

    Woolco’s at old mall

    • Leigh Ann Raymer Portale

      TG&Y too!

    • Jimmie Lindsey

      Finallys…where the old Singer store was just outside Woolco’s

  • Martha

    Briarpatch Restaurant on Fairview

    • Leigh Ann Raymer Portale

      Before it was called Briarpatch, wasn’t it The Ribeye Restaurant? They brought the rolling cart out with the fresh loaf of ribeye that they cut for you right at the table before cooking.

      • Rick Williams

        Kentucky Ribeye

        • Leigh Ann Raymer Portale

          yes!

  • Martha

    Our historical landmark, Pauline’s.

  • Janet Gary

    You remember when there wasn’t a Campbell Lane.
    You remember the ‘thing’ to do was circling Clark’s Dairy Dip.

    You remember going to a movie at the Capital.
    You remember when Scottsville Rd was two lanes with corn fields on both sides.
    You remember shopping at stores on Saturday around the square downtown.
    You remember the big sinkhole on Disman Lane.
    You remember when the Corvette production came to Bowling Green.
    You remember when the Corvette plant was the Crysler plant.
    You remember the sinkhole at the Corvette museum.
    You remember when BGHS moved to Rockingham Lane.
    You remember when Greenwood Mall was a corn field.

    • Jimmie Lindsey

      Lost River Drive Inn…WT GRANTS with The Bradford Room…Rainbow Skating Rink…next to Cresent Bowling …so many to remember

      • Jimmie Lindsey

        also Kings Table Smorgasbord

  • Billy Caudill

    Heartland was the Causey Field
    T.C. Cherry had a pool
    Fun & Games was at 2 locations
    Neighborhood kids played OUTSIDE
    Chuck E Cheese wasn’t in the mall
    Teen Night at Chuck E Cheese
    Cue Time was packed on weekends
    The Greenwood Executive Inn

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  • Gail Gilbert Rasmussen

    College Street Inn owned by Maxine and Herb Lowe.
    Mustang Inn owned by Pap Hobson

  • Rhonda Lampe

    Riding the bus on Scottsville rd. to the old Alvaton school on a two lane highway.
    When the mall was just a field.
    When there were only 3 exits off the interstate to Bowling Green.

  • Bill Rush

    The 10th. St. Stag Bar across the street from the old Armory.