Famous Landmarks in Billings – Our Top Five
There are so many places to go and so many things to do in and around Billings that it is very hard to whittle the list down to the top five! But that is where you come in…read through our list, check out the links, and then add your suggestions when you are done!
The Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark has three caves (Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost caves) and is just south of Billings. They found over 30,000 ancient artifacts. Paintings known as pictographs (some of which are 2,000 years old) are still visible in Pictograph Cave, experts say they won’t be there long. . They are paintings of animals, warriors, and even rifles that document the story of the Native Americans of the area.
Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave
Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave is a monument to Yellowstone Kelly. He lived from 1849 to 1928. Kelly was a frontiersman, army scout, dispatch rider, and hunter. He wanted to be buried on Kelly Hill which is near the edge of the Rimrocks overlooking the Yellowstone River and downtown Billings.You can see six mountain ranges from here: the Bighorn Mountains, the Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains, the Crazy Mountains, the Big Snowy Mountains and the Bull Mountains.
Western Heritage Center:
The Western Heritage Center Museum which is located in the historic Parmly Billings Library building on Montana Avenue in the downtown Historic District. The Parmly Billings library, built in 1901, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum has a unique collection of artifacts and oral histories that document the history of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern High Plains. They are also an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Downtown Historic District
In 1977, the Billings City Council created the Billings Historical District: Montana Avenue from North 26th Street to North 22nd and north to First Avenue North. The Northern Pacific Billings Depot or simply the Billings Depot is a cornerstone of the Historic District. The arrival of the railroad in 1882 signaled the real beginning of Billings. The four original buildings included the Depot building, railroad lunchroom, mail building and an office building. Today, the Depot is used as an events center.
Sacrifice Cliff is located south of the Yellowstone River, just the other side of Boothill Cemetery. This legendary cliff, was believed to be a place of meditation for Crow Indian boys when they became of age. There is also a story told of two teen Crow brothers who returned to their tribe only to find that their sweethearts and much of their tribe had fallen victim to smallpox. They were so filled with anguish that they blindfolded their horses and rode over the 60-foot cliff. Yet another version of the story says that a Crow party found their village destroyed by the deadly small pox and rode off the cliff in despair.
So now it is your turn! Let us know what your favorite famous landmarks are in and around Billings!