History Buffs

Unique Western history and adventure await you across our state parks and national monuments. Billings is your trailhead as you prepare to take in so many of these fantastic Montana experiences — all easily accessible from town. Whether it’s history or scenery, adventure or relaxation, you’ll find it in and around Billings.

Historic Sites

notable personalities of billing's past:

Preston Boyd Moss

Arriving in town in 1892, PRESTON BOYD MOSS, known as P.B., was a prominent figure in Billings’ business development. He was a well-known banker and entrepreneur, starting the forerunner to the Billings Gazette and the Billings Utility Company—along with many others. His legacy and impact on Billings’ early years is undeniable.

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Frederick Billings

FREDERICK BILLINGS made a name for himself during the gold rush, eventually becoming California’s first Attorney General. Billings purchased one of the original twelfth interests in the Northern Pacific Railway and served as its president. As the railway expanded, his legacy left a lasting impression. So much so, Billings, Montana was named after him.

Yellowstone Kelly

LUTHER SAGE “YELLOWSTONE” KELLY was one of the most notable American veterans. Kelly was laid to rest in June of 1929 with full military honors overlooking the Yellowstone Valley. Today, the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site sits atop Sword’s Rimrock Park and overlooks downtown Billings. The site serves as a memorial to honor Kelly’s name and significant contributions.

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