Billings, Montana


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least 2,000 years.  Since around 1700, however, the Crow Indians inhabited the area.  In fact, the present day Crow Nation is located just south of the city.  The first Americans to visit the area were part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in July of 1806.  Billings, however, would not be founded until 1877.  The Northern Pacific Railway founded the settlement in order to serve as a western railhead for the railroad’s farther westward expansion.  It was named after then Northern Pacific Railway president Frederick H. Billings.  Apparently, Billings gained the nickname ‘Magic City’ when thousands of buildings popped up out of nowhere over a few month period.  Billings was officially incorporated in 1882.


According to a 2013 US census bureau report, modern day Billings is home to 109,059 people.  This makes it the most populous city in the state of Montana and the 262nd most populous city in the country.  Billings serves as the county seat of Yellowstone County, which in 2014, had a population of 155,634 people.  Billings’ metropolitan area has a population of 166,885, which makes it the 246th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Fortune Small Business magazine listed Billings as the best small city to start a business in 2009.  In fact, the city houses the corporate headquarters for such diverse companies as Stillwater Mining Company, Kampgrounds of America, First Interstate Bank, Tire-Rama, Optimum, Edwards Jet Service, Waggoners Trucking, Meadowlark Agency, and Energy Labs.

One of Billings’ major attractions, however, has to be Pompeys Pillar National Monument.  This pillar was designated as a National Monument and a National Historic Landmark.  This sandstone monolith rises 150 feet (45 m) into the air and features many Native American petroglyphs – some thought to be more than 2000 years old!  The pillar also boasts the signature of William Clark, who visited it with the Lewis and Clark expedition in July of 1806.  In fact, Clark named the pillar after the son of the expedition’s guide, Sacagawea.

Pictograph Cave is another important site located near the city of Billings.  This cave, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark, features more than 30,000 Native American artifacts, including pictographs thought to be between 200 and 2,100 years old.

Billings also features the only zoo and botanical park in the state: ZooMontana.  This zoo opened in 1995.  Its 70-acre facility features one hundred individual animals spanning 58 different species.  ZooMontana attracts 70,000 annual visitors, according to Good Zoos.

Billings is home to several sports teams.  The Magic City Rollers are an all-female Roller Derby league.  The Billings Bulls are an American West Hockey League Jr. A Tier III hockey team.  The Bulls play in Centennial Ice Arena and have 5 Borne Cups, 5 Gold Cup appearances, and 5 regular season titles to their name.  The Billings Wolves are an Indoor Football League team.  The Wolves play their home games in Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.  Billings also boasts a Pioneer League Baseball team affiliated with MLB’s Cincinnati Reds: the Billings Mustangs.  The Mustangs play at Dehler Park and have 15 league titles to their names.

Own a small buisness in the Billings area?  Are you by any chance considering it?  These resources may prove beneficial to you:

Apply for a Buisness License in Billings

City of Billings: Doing Business

Billings Chamber of Commerce

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