1980 – Charleston Avenue Bridge is replaced.
1980 – Eisner–Osco builds new store on east Broadway. (Osco still located here).
1981 – New Mattoon Y. M. C. A. organization formed.
1981 – Post office moves to new facility on 15th St.
1981 – Grant Park School closes and students incorporated into Washington School. (now Head Start program).
Feb. 15, 1981 – Hulman & Company building partially destroyed by fire at 19th & Charleston.
June 28, 1981 – Fire at Elevator Tavern on North Route 45.
1982 – Spitz Clothiers closes after 67 years in business on Broadway. (now Jack & Bill’s)
1982 – H. W. Clark Manufacturing Plant closes after 87 years in business.
March 19, 1982 – Trinity Episcopal Church (formerly Unitarian Church) 2200 Western Ave added to National Register of Significant Places.
May 29, 1982 – Beatrice Foods plant ceases processing milk. Meadow Gold becomes part of the Borden Company.
Oct. 1982 – Journal Gazette newspaper becomes a morning paper.
Nov. 10, 1982 – Mattoon Coca-Cola and Kull Canning Company both sold to Central States Coca-Cola Co.
1983 – IC sells old freight depot building on Lake Land Blvd. to private owner and it is renovated.
May 27, 1983 – Conrail removes tracks along the former Terre Haute and Alton Railroad.
1984 – Warner’s Office Equipment moves to 16th & Broadway.
1984 – Skyway Drive-in closes on Route 316.
1984 – CIPS installs high power lines along the former New York Central railroad right-of-way.
May 26, 1984 – Hulman & Company building has second fire and is razed on Charleston at 19th St.
1986 – Alton Delivery opens on North Route 45.
1986 – First annual Bagelfest is held downtown on Broadway. Known as “World’s Biggest Bagel Breakfast.”
Jan. 30, 1986 – Big 4 Railroad Station added to National Register of Significant Places.
1987 – Building at 19th and Western that housed various saloons & businesses (T. M. Lynch Saloon, Wades’ Corner Tavern, Corner Lounge, Ritter & Sparks Cigars & manufacturing) razed.
1987 – Bernadine Burtschi, after 50 years in business, sells Burtschi’s Book & Gift Shop to niece Mary Beth Coffey.
1988 – Bonanza opens on Broadway East.
1988 – Super 8 Motel opens on I-57 corridor.
1988 – Mattoon Federal Savings and Loan changed to Heartland Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. and purchased entire south side of 1500 block of Broadway and buildings are razed for a new drive-up facility.
1988 – The Mattoon Garment Factory closes.
1988 – Mattoon: A Pictorial History by Jean Johnston, Alice Larrabee, Gail Lumpkin, & Marianne Thiel published.
Feb. 1988 – YMCA opens new facilities at 221 N. 16th St.
1989 – Columbian School closes at 2709 Marion. Middle Schools formed at Hawthorn and Franklin for grades fifth and sixth grades and all other elementary schools hold Kindergarten through fourth grades.
Charleston Avenue Bridge
New Post Office
Hulman & Company fire
Warner's Office Supply