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Timeline: 1980s

By | Last Modified: November 16, 2017
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  • Kirkwood Mall completes exapnsion, doubling its footprint while adding two new anchors, Target and JCPenney
  • Holiday Plus opens (now Cash Wise Foods)
  • Carnegie Library is demolished
  • Former Patterson Hotel is condemned


  • State Heritage Center is completed



  • Papa’s Pumpkin Patch opens
  • Fiesta Villa relocates from Mandan into former train depot in Bismarck
  • FW Woolworth closes its Woolco (originally Woolworth) store at Kirkwood Mall, as the chain is dissolved nationwide


  • Pizza Factory replaces local Happy Joe’s franchises, the first of which opened in 1977. The restaurant operates until 1990 before re-opening for another stint from 1991-1992.


  • Daytons replaces former Woolco/Woolworth space at Kirkwood Mall
  • Former Q&R Clinic is converted to house joined City & Burleigh County offices
  • Jade Garden replaces Mr. Steak at 431 S 3rd Street
  • Rock’N 50’s Cafe opens at Gateway Mall, replacing State Street Cafe. It is established by the same Fargo-based company who later opens Shades at Kirkwood Mall and Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse.



  • Bismarck Junior College becomes Bismarck State College.
  • Dan’s renovates and expands Gateway Supervalu
  • Front Page Tavern closes – twice


  • Town House Motor Inn (now Kelly Inn) foreclosed on (March)
  • Eagle Statue dedicated at Custer Park (October 1)
  • 30,000-acre Wachter Ranch is foreclosed on
  • Denny’s replaces International Inn (originally Village Inn Pancake House) at 405 S 7th Street. Like its Village Inn predecessor, it was the first Denny’s in North Dakota.


  • Bismarck and Mandan host Women’s International Bowling Congress Tournament, drawing 44,000 bowlers from around the country
  • Centennial Elementary opens
  • Veteran’s Memorial Library undergoes major expansion and renovation

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