Billings Travel Guide

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Billings Overview

Billings is the most populace city in Montana with a population of almost 110,000 (up 21% since 2000) located near the Intersection of Interstates 90 and 94, U. S. Highway 87 and multiple Montana Highways. Billings was established in 1882 as a railroad town and was named for Frederick H. Billings the then president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The city's strategic location made it a transportation and shipping hub for much of the eastern part of Montana; plus some of western North and South Dakota and northern Wyoming. Prior to the establishment of Billings, there are indications of human habitation in the area at least 4500 years ago. In the 1700s the Crow Nation occupied the area and the Crow Nation is now just south of here. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery transited the Billings area. The discovery of a vast oil field called the "Bakken Reserve" ensures Billings will continue to grow rapidly. Calamity Jane, Charles Lindbergh, Dave McNally, Kelly Lynch, and Arlo Guthrie all have ties to Billings. Billings is located near a number of fine attractions making it a good base to explore southeastern Montana. Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone County.

Billings has an extensive historic area with a large number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 3 historic districts and about 30 individual locations in Billings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Billings has several museum worth visiting.