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Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montanamarker, located in the south-central portion of the state. Billings is rapidly growing; as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 89,847, while the Census Bureau's 2008 estimate listed the city's population at 103,994. It is the 60th fastest growing city out of the 259 cities in the U.S. with populations over 100,000, of which Billings is #259, the smallest. Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone Countymarker and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Areamarker. It is the principal city of the largest metropolitan area in Montana, and is the largest city between Denvermarker and Calgarymarker and between Sioux Fallsmarker and Spokanemarker. Nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882, Billings is named for Frederick H. Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. As the largest city in the area—the nearest city as large as Billings is over away—Billings serves as a shopping and accommodation center for area residents and highway travelers. The city's proximity to Yellowstone National Parkmarker, Pompey's Pillarmarker, and the area where the Battle of the Little Bighornmarker was fought also draws visitors, especially during the summer months. BestLife Magazine, new from the editors of Men's Health, recently ranked Billings the 3rd best place in the U.S. to raise a family.

History

Most of Billings is located in the Yellowstone Valley, carved out by the Yellowstone River. It is not unusual to find fossilized fish in the area.

Some of pictographs in the Pictograph Cave south of Billings are 2,100 years old. The Crow Indians frequented this area from about the year 1700. However, archeological evidence places the Cheyenne in this area first ahead of the Crow and then the Sioux.

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
In 1806, William Clark traveled through the region on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He inscribed his name on Pompey's Pillarmarker, a rock formation northeast of Billings, on July 25, 1806. Clark wrote that he climbed the sandstone pillar and "had a most extensive view in every direction on the Northerly Side of the river". Clark named the place "Pompys Tower" in honor of a young Shoshone boy he had nicknamed "Pompy." The boy's mother was Sacajawea, who had helped guide the Lewis and Clark expedition and had acted as an interpreter. The name of the formation was changed by 1814 to the current title. Clark's inscription is the only remaining physical evidence found along the route that was followed by the expedition.

Billings was founded in 1877 and established in 1882 in Montana Territory near the already-existing town of Coulson. Coulson had been situated on the Yellowstone River, which made it ideal for the commerce that Steamboats brought up the river. However, when the Montana & Minnesota Land Company oversaw the development of potential railroad land, they ignored Coulson, and platted the new town of Billings several miles to the West. When the Northern Pacific Railroad was built, Coulson died as Billings flourished. The land that was once the town of Coulson is now Coulson Park. Northern Pacific Railroad President Frederick H. Billings, along with other executives of the railroad, bought land in the Yellowstone Valley, then later sold it back to his own railroad. This practice was both legal and common at the time. A structure known as "The Castle" was erected emulating European design with its crow-step gable construction.

Downtown Billings from rims
First Interstate Bank and the Transwestern Plaza.
Billings grew from the tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad, it appeared the only development would be to the south. On March 15, 1882, Frederick Billings and other Northern Pacific officials formed the Montana & Minnesota Land & Improvement Co., which platted and promoted the sale of land in what would become Billings. Two main commercial streets were built along the railroad tracks and were named Montana and Minnesota avenues after the land company. After the company was formed, the city grew quickly and earned the nickname, "The Magic City" because the city appeared to grow like magic. By mid-June that year, Billings had grown to 79 tent shelters and 81 houses. 75 more homes were being built as well. The buildings were hastily built along the south of the tracks. By the end of 1883, Billings had 400 buildings and 1,500 people. The commercial district had matured to a nine-block area. Still most homes were located in the south side with many different classes calling Billings home. South Park was also built in the new city. In had been rendered in the Billings' original outline. Billings first swimming pool was built in 1914. Mansions were also beginning to be constructed by early Billings pioneers. Two of the pioneers were the brothers Peter and Christian Yegen, two Swiss immigrants.

Billings suffered from a major flood in 1937 . After World War II, Billings boomed into a major financial, medical and cultural center in the region. In the 1960s, Billings surpassed Great Fallsmarker as Montana's largest city. In the 1970s, Billings suffered a short decline in population due to the oil crisis. The population quickly rebounded in the early 1980s and has never declined since. Billings was affected by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helensmarker in May; the city received about an inch of ash on the ground. Billings received the All-America City Award in 1992.

Today Billings continues to be the financial, medical, agricultural, and cultural center for the Northern Rockies/Great Plains and continues to be the "Star of the Big Sky Country." In 2002, Skypoint was completed. In 2005, the people of Billings elected former Police Chief Ron Tussing as Mayor. He was sworn in January 9, 2006. He is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Bostonmarker Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Citymarker Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In 2007, Billings was designated a Preserve America Community.

Notable natives and residents

More widely famous people who have lived in Billings include:

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Authors

  • Ed Bearss, noted military history author and battlefield tour guide.
  • Torey Hayden, psychologist and author of several books, attended high school here.
  • Gary Svee, award winning author of Western novels, was born here.
  • Rick Rydell, outdoors writer, Alaska Happens and Blood on the Tundra, attended elementary school, junior high, and high school in Billings.


Geography

Billings is located at (45.786553, -108.537139) , with two thirds of the city in the Yellowstone Valley, the city being divided into the Valley and the Heights by the Rims, a long cliff, also called the Rimrocks.

The Yellowstone River runs through the southeast portion of the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.8 square miles (87.6 km²), of which, 33.7 square miles (87.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

Climate

In the summer, the temperature can rise to over while the winter can bring temperatures below zero. The snowfall averages about 57 inches a year, but because of warm Chinook winds that pass through the region between December and March, the snow doesn't usually accumulate. First frosts generally come early and last frosts late. Autumn in Billings is usually mild. Winds, while strong at times, are considered light compared with the rest of Montana and the Rocky Mountain front.

Demographics

Population

As of the census of 2000, there were 89,847 people, 37,525 households, and 23,152 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,665.1 people per square mile (1,029.1/km²). There were 39,293 housing units at an average density of 1,165.6/sq mi (450.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.87% White, 0.55% African American, 3.44% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.18% of the population.

There were 37,525 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,147, and the median income for a family was $45,032. Males had a median income of $32,525 versus $21,824 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,207. About 9.2% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

At the 2005-2007 American Community Survey Estimates, the city's population was 91.9% White (87.2% non-Hispanic White alone), 1.9% Black or African American, 5.4% American Indian and Alaska Native , 1.3% Asian, 0.4% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 1.4% from some other race and 2.0% from two or more races. 5.1% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [18804]29.4% of the population had a Bachelor's degree or higher. [18805]

Sections

Neighborhoods and zones

Suburbs

Government

Billings is governed via the mayor council system. There are ten members of the city council who are elected from one of five wards with each ward electing two members.The mayor is elected in a citywide vote.

Public safety

The Billings Police Department is the main law enforcement agency in Billings. It is the largest city police force in Montanamarker, with about 136 sworn officers and 80 civilian employees. There are nine police beats.

The Billings Fire Department provides emergency services including fire suppression, emergency medical response, hazardous materials response, high angle rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle accident extrication, fire investigations, fire inspections, and fire education. The department has 97 employees, including four battalion chiefs, 27 captains, 27 engineers, and 39 firefighters.

American Medical Response (AMR) provides emergency medical services at the paramedic care level in Billings, and supports other agencies throughout Yellowstone County.

Economy

The Crowne Plaza, Billings, the city's second tallest building.
, Billings has one of the largest trade areas in the United Statesmarker, serving more than 450,000 people. 30% of visitors surveyed by the Billings Chamber in 2006 indicated medical services were their primary reason to visit rather than shopping or entertainment. In addition, Billings' location makes it desirable for companies' regional headquarters serving Montanamarker, Wyomingmarker, and the western halves of the Dakotasmarker. Some of the industry clusters in Billings include inpatient and outpatient health care, retailing, hospitality (480+ restaurants), manufacturing including 3 oil refineries, commercial and residential construction, building materials mfg and distribution, professional services, financial services, banking, trucking, higher education (4 campuses, 19 others have a physical presence/classes here), auto parts wholesaling and repair services, passenger and cargo air, cattle, media, printing, wheat and barley farming, sugar beet refining, milk processing, heavy equipment sales and service, business services, consumer services, food distribution, ag chemical mfg and distribution, energy exploration and production, surface and underground mining, metal fabrication, and many others providing a diverse and robust economy employing over 75,000 workers drawn from a roughly radius.

Corporate headquarters include Stillwater Mining Company, Kampgrounds of America, First Interstate Banks, Computers Unlimited, Tire-Rama, Western Plains Machinery, Tractor & Equipment Co., Bresnan Communications, Corporate Air, Employee Benefits Management Services, Edwards Jet Service, Waggoners Trucking, Meadowlark Agency, Ryan Restaurant Corp., CTA Architects & Engineers, JGA Architects, HKM Engineering, Electrical Consultants Inc. engineering, Unifield Engineering, Energy Labs, and others. Fortune 500 firms with branch operations in Billings include Exxon/Mobil, Wal-mart, GM, Conoco-Phillips, Ford, Wells Fargo, General Electric, USBank, Travelers, BNSF, Pennsylvania Power & Light, MDU Resources, Sears/K-Mart, Target Corporation, New York Life, Morgan Stanley.

The city serves as the business hub for the state, primarily in business services.

Prior to its dissolution, Big Sky Airlines was headquartered in Billings.

Transportation

Interstate 90 runs east/west through Billings. Interstate 94 begins a few miles east of the city limits. U.S. Highway 87 is the north/south highway that begins on the edge on the Heights and is northeast of Downtown Billings. Note: US 87 North does not go through Billings, It turns into Main Street in the Heights before connecting to U.S. Highway 87 East. Major Roads going east and west in Billings include Broadwater Avenue, Central Avenue, Grand Avenue, King Avenue West, and Poly Drive. Major Roads going North and South in Billings include 24th Street West, Zimmerman Trail/32nd Street West, Division Road, Shiloh Road, Main Street, and North 27th Street. The Billings METropolitan Transit, the MET, provides public transportation. Greyhound has an eastern terminus at Billings; Rimrock Trailways also provides regional and interstate bus service. The nearest Amtrak stop is at Malta, MT north of Billings. Billings Logan International Airportmarker, located northwest of downtown Billings, offers non-stop service to a number of cities in the western United States and within Montana as well as charter jet, plane, or helicopter.

Medical facilities

The Billings Metro Areamarker has two Level II trauma hospitals, St. Vincent Healthcare and the Billings Clinic which is the largest cluster of medical facilities between Salt Lake, Denver, Boise, Lethbridge, Rapid City, and Fargo. Employs over 5,000 directly. Neurosurgery, highly rated cardiac surgery, neonatology and obstetrics, extensive cancer treatment, inpatient psychiatric care, orthopedics and rehab, dedicated air ambulances both fixed-wing planes and helicopters.

Other medical facilities include the Northern Rockies Cancer Center, Rimrock Foundation (addiction treatment both inpatient and outpatient), Advanced Care Hospital of Montana (a 40-bed long term acute care hospital), SouthCentral Montana Mental Health Center, Billings Clinic Research Center (pharmaceutical field trials, osteoporosis are two long-time focuses), Billings MRI, City/County Public Health's Deering Clinic, HealthSouth Surgery Center and Physical Therapy offices, Baxter/Travenol BioLife plasma collection center, and many independent practices.

An increasing number of assisted living facilities and senior independent living options, a static number of nursing homes, and sizable home health care services target the rapidly growing aging population, already 1 in 8 Montanans are over 65 making it the 4th "oldest" state in the U.S. after Florida, Arizona, and Wyoming.

Billings' campuses train Physicians Assistants, Biochemists, Registered Nurses, Speech Pathologists, Licensed Practical Nurses, Surgical Technicians, X-Ray Technicians, Medical Records Clerks, Athletic Trainers, and health care business students at the undergraduate and graduate level as of 2007.

Education

Public

The city of Billings operates 22 elementary schools in district 2. The elementary schools are Alkali Creek, Arrowhead, Beartooth, Bench, Big Sky, Bitterroot, Boulder, Broadwater, Burlington, Central Heights, Eagle Cliffs, Highland, McKinley, Meadowlark, Miles Avenue, Newman, Orchard, Poly Drive, Ponderosa, Rose Park, Sandstone, and Washington. There is also a district 3 in Billings, which only contains the elementary school Blue Creek and a district 8, which contains Elder Grove School[18806], teaching grades K - 8. The four middle schools in Billings are Riverside Middle School, Lewis and Clark, Will James, and Castle Rock. There are three high schools as well, including Billings Senior High, West High, and Skyview. For two of the high schools, Senior High and West High, there has been a great increase in the population of students, so there are now two other sites that most freshmen temporarily go for their classes for half of the day. The Lincoln Center is the site for Senior, and the Career Center is West's site.

Private

  • The Billings Catholic Schools operates Billings Central Catholic High Schoolmarker (grades 9-12), St. Francis Upper (grades 6-8), St Francis Intermediate (grades 3-5), St Francis Primary, (K-2) and St Francis Daycare
  • Trinity Lutheran Church operates Trinity Lutheran School, serving grades K-8
  • Billings Christian Schools serving grades K-12
  • Adelphi Christian Academy serving grades K-12 (Closed at the end of the 2009 School Year)
  • Billings Educational Academy serving grades K-12


Colleges and universities

There are several higher level learning facilities in Billings. These include state schools (Montana State University Billings and The College of Technology) and private schools (Rocky Mountain College and Yellowstone Baptist College).

Montana State University Billings was originally named Eastern Montana Normal School when it was founded and then named Eastern Montana College before being renamed to its present name when the Montana State University System reorganized in 1994. The university was established in 1927 and offers Associate/Bachelor/Master degrees and certificates in various education fields. MSU Billings is known as having a strong Education and Rehabilitation majors. Today, there are hundreds of degrees to choose from. Currently around 4,600 students attend MSU Billings.

The College of Technology (West campus) was originally another associate-level community college. This college recently merged with the main campus. In the past few years, enrollment has risen to over 1,000 full time students (accounting for nearly 1/5 of the student body). Projections with grant improvements and workforce needs foresee a 2,000 student increase in the near future.

Billings also offers two private schools. Rocky Mountain Collegemarker is Montana's oldest and first institution of higher learning, founded in 1878. It is a private comprehensive college offering over 40 liberal arts and professionally oriented majors. Rocky Mountain College is often simply called "Rocky" or "RMC" for short. Rocky is proud of its standing record of being ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 in quality and a “best value” among comprehensive colleges in the West. Along with its quality Rocky also continues to maintain a 99% graduate placement rate. Yellowstone Baptist College also offers a limited curriculum.

Culture

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Recreation/events

View of Billings from the Rims
There are a number of activities in and around Billings. From hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, fishing, art walks, Live after 5 concerts, food fairs and rodeos. Some annual events include:
  • Billings Skate Park - ALL YEAR
  • Wine & Food Festival at MSU Billings - MAY
  • Strawberry Festival under Skypoint - JUN
  • SummerFair at North Park - JUL
  • Battle of the Little Big Horn Re-enactment near Crow Agency, Montanamarker - JUN
  • Farmers Market under Skypoint - Every Saturday JUN to OCT
  • Big Sky State Games - JUL
  • Skyfest (Hot air balloons) - JUL/August
  • MontanaFair at the MetraPark fairgrounds - AUG
  • Magic City Blues Festival - AUG in Downtown Billings
  • Crow Fair & Rodeo in Crow Agency, Montanamarker - AUG
  • Burn the Point (classic car show) - SEP in Downtown Billings
  • Harvest Fest - OCT
  • Christmas Parade in Downtown Billings - NOV 24
  • Festival of Trees - DEC
  • The Christmas Stroll in Downtown Billings - December


Politics

Billings is considered to be a conservative city along with Yellowstone County by mostly voting republican since the city was established in 1882. In 2008, Yellowstone county voted for John McCain in the presidential election.

Media

The Billings Metropolitan Area is served by two major news television stations, four major non-news television stations, one community television station, twenty-two commercial radio stations and one major daily newspaper. The Billings Gazette is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper printed in Billings, Montana and owned by Lee Enterprises. It is the largest daily newspaper in Montanamarker, with a Sunday circulation of 52,434 and a weekday circulation of 47,105. The paper publishes in three editions: the state edition, which circulates in most of Eastern Montana and all of South Central Montanamarker; the Wyoming edition, which circulates in Northern Wyoming; and the city edition, which circulates in Yellowstone County.

Attractions

Beartooth Mountains, 2003


Attractions located within Billings include the Yellowstone Art Museum, Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, the Western Heritage Center, the Billings Depot, and Skypoint.

The Moss Mansion Historic House Museum is located in Billings on 914 Division St. It is a turn of the century, red-stoned mansion built by P.B. Moss, who moved to Billings from Paris, Missourimarker. It was inhabited solely by Mr. and Mrs. Moss, their six children, and 3 servants until 1984 . The house was built for a cost of $105,000, when most homes averaged about $3000. It has 28 rooms, and is square. It rises into the air. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can still see the original furniture, draperies, carpets and fixtures during a one-hour guided tour. Seasonal exhibits are also featured. The Moss Mansion was designed by the famous New Yorkmarker Architect Henry Hardenbergh, who also designed the original Waldorf-Astoriamarker, Plaza Hotelmarker, Willard Hotelmarker, and Copley Hotel. The Moss Mansion is operated by the Billings Preservation Society, Inc., a non-profit organization.

Downtown attractions include the Western Heritage Center Museum and the Billings Depot. The Western Heritage Center is located in the historic Parmly Billings Library building on Montana Avenue in the downtown Historic District. The Parmly Billings library, a Richardsonian Romanesque sandstone building built in 1901, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This regional museum interprets a unique collection of artifacts and oral histories that document the history of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern High Plains. The Western Heritage Center is an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institutionmarker. The Western Heritage Center is one of six museums in the state of Montana accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The Billings Depot is a historic train depot. The depot used to be the passenger terminal for the Northern Pacific Railroad, Great Northern and Chicago, Burlingtion and Quincy. The last regular Amtrak train departed in the spring of 1979. Today, the depot is being renovated to host event such as wedding receptions, small concerts, and art shows.

Skypoint is a tent-like structure over the intersection 2nd Avenue and Broadway and is also located in downtown Billings. Its highest point is tall. There are three "sails" that make up the structure. The largest sail can move to let the sun through or to cover the intersection if it rains. This is part of the plan to revitalize downtown Billings and attract more people to downtown. Skypoint was completed in 2002 and was originally named the "Defining Element" until it got its current name in a naming contest. It was built as a new icon for the city of Billings and to hold events such as the Strawberry Festival, the Christmas Stroll, and other events.

ZooMontanamarker is a wildlife park located in Billings USA and is Montanamarker's only zoo and botanical park. The zoo was first planned in the early 1980s. It is home to both native and non-native animals from around the world. The zoo gets about 70,000 visitors annually and is one of the regions most popular tourist attractions. ZooMontana is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited wildlife park & zoo. The zoo hosts animals not only native to the Rockies but also species from Asia and Europe. Among the animals featured is a Siberian Tiger, Eastern Gray Wolves, North American River Otters, Bighorn Sheep, Red Pandas, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, Sika Deer, Wyoming Toads, Wolverines, Waterfowls, Pygmy Marmosets, Green Iguanas, Grizzly Bears, Farm Animals, Tree Boas, Black Footed Ferrets, Minks and Lesser Spot-Nosed Guenon. The animals live in state-of-the-art enclosures designed to imitate their natural habitats.

Attractions located near Billings include Yellowstone National Parkmarker, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monumentmarker, Pictograph Cave, the Pompey's Pillar National Monumentmarker (where William Clark carved his name in 1806), and Chief Plenty Coups State Parkmarker.

The site of the Battle of the Little Bighornmarker is also located only southeast of Billings. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves the site of the June 26, 1876 Battle of the Little Bighornmarker, near Crow Agency, Montanamarker, in the United Statesmarker. It also serves as a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and a combined Lakota-Northern Cheyenne force. Custer National Cemetery, on the battlefield, is part of the national monument. The site of a related military action led by Marcus Reno and Frederick Benteen is also part of the national monument, but is about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the Little Bighorn battlefield.

The Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark is a area of three caves (Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost caves) located south of Billings. There are over 30,000 artifacts which have been identified. Paintings known as pictographs are still visible in Pictograph Cave, which is the largest of the three caves. Some of the pictographs are 2000 years old. They are paintings of animals, warriors, and even rifles that document the story of the Native Americans of the area for thousands of years.

Sports



Venues

Rimrock Auto Arena

Rimrock Auto Arenamarker is an 8,000 to 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Billings. MetraPark Arena was completed in 1975 but through a lot of controversy. It is owned by the City of Billings and Yellowstone County. In 2005, MetraPark arena marked its 30th anniversary. The Metrapark has hosted Pre-Season NBA games on a semi-regular basis. The most recent game was October 9, 2008 in which the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-82. The exhibition game was the Thunder's first since the team moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City during the offseason. In the Summer of 2005, the Metrapark hosted tryouts for a new minor basketball league called the AAPBL (All American Professional Basketball League). The tryouts took place from July 11, 2005 - July 22, 2005. However, the league folded soon thereafter. The MetraPark has also played host to various WWE and WCW wrestling events including a live televised WCW Monday Nitro TV show in 2000.

Cobb Field

Cobb Fieldmarker is the baseball stadium located in Billings, originally named Athletic Park. It has been the home of the Billings Mustangs, the Pioneer League Rookie Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, since 1948. Cobb Field was named after Bob Cobb, who was responsible for bringing professional baseball with the Mustangs to the little city of Billings. Cobb Field also hosts home games for local American Legion baseball teams. Cobb Field seats 4,200, though crowds have been known to eclipse 5,000, particularly on promotional free ticket nights such as "Kwik Way Night", in which local Billings, Kwik Way gas stations give out tickets to customers. In 2006, Billings voters approved $12 million to be spent on constructing a new Cobb Field multi-use sports facility. Cobb Field was demolished in 2007 and construction began at the end of the 2007 baseball season.

Dehler Park

Dehler Park is the new name for the new multi-use stadium that is replacing Cobb Field in the summer of 2008. The new park debuted on June 29, 2008, when the Billings Scarlets faced the Bozeman Bucks in American Legion regular season play. The game was later suspended when the stadium lights' breaker blew.

Wendy's Field

Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium is a local area stadium used for high school games. It is located adjacent to Billings Senior High.

Sister cities



Miscellaneous

  • Billings was named The Magic City because of the city's sudden overnight appearance on the Northern Great Plains in the year 1882.
  • Billings is known as the Yellowstone City because it is the largest city on the Yellowstone River, the seat of Yellowstone County and is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
  • Billings was the first stop on the 11th leg of The Amazing Race 8
  • Although the city was named after him, Frederick Billings, the railroad baron, never actually stayed there overnight.


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