Discover Billings! Join our walking tours of historic Billings locations. Tours run about one hour twenty minutes and require comfortable walking shoes. These popular tours will interest both long-time Billings residents and visitors alike!
Tours are scheduled for each Friday morning at 10:00 am June-October. Custom times are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact us at 406-256-6809 for more information.
Tickets are available at the time of the walk: $10 for adults, $5 for students, children (under 12) are free (up to 2 per paying adult). Each guided walking tour includes a pass to the Western Heritage Center.
McKinley School and the North Elevation Neighborhood
(10:00 am; begins at the corner of 9th and 32nd, near McKinley School)
Take a walk with us through one of Billings earliest neighborhoods. We’ll explore how the historic Northern Elevation neighborhood was developed around McKinley Elementary and on the edge of downtown Billings. Admire homes designed by noted architect Chandler Cohagen, as well as other craftsman and prairie style homes.
Buried at Kelly Mountain and Boothill Cemetery
(10:00 am; begins at Yellowstone Kelly gravesite - call for directions)
This driving and walking tour will take us to three significant sites near the Rimrocks. We’ll meet at the Yellowstone Kelly gravesite to share the story of the trapper, trader, and Indian scout that made his name during the 1870s. Then we’ll visit the Coulson (1877-1882) "Boothill" cemetery and hear about Coulson and the people buried there. Our final stop will be the "Crying Face," a Crow Indian pictograph on the rims, likely related to the smallpox epidemics that ravaged the Northern Plains.
Bars, Brothels and Bok Choy: Exploring Minnesota Avenue
(10:00 am; begins at WHC)
Before the skate park and businesses, Billings’ Southside was filled with bars, brothels and even a Chinatown. We’ll wander the remnants of these establishments and bring back to life the stories of these large, and almost forgotten, communities.
Grave Side Stories: A Stroll through Mountview Cemetery
(10:00 am; begins at Mountview Cemetery - call for directions)
Join us for a walk through Billings’ historic Mountview Cemetery on Central Avenue as we stop by the grave sides of some of Billings well known citizens to hear their stories. From the Alfalfa King, the lady of the Lucky Diamond, and the suffragist with a notorious arrest record, we will remember several of Billings’ well known citizens.