Calendar Of Events » Hoof-it with a Historian

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 May-October. Custom times are available by request. 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.

 

Bars, Brothels and Bok Choy: Exploring Minnesota Avenue

(10:00 am; begins at WHC)

May 5 • June 9 • August 11 • October 20

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.

 

The Railroad Shapes our Town

(10:00 am; begins at WHC)

May 12 • June 2 • July 14 • September 1

Established in 1882, Billings is shaped by the railroad. View evidence of the railroad’s influence, both past and present, examining business development and historic points of interest along the way. See you downtown!

 

The Writing on the Wall: Historic Advertising (Ghost Signs) in Downtown Billings

(10:00 am; begins at WHC)

May 19 • June 23 • September 8

Everyday we pass historic painted signs on our downtown buildings. We see the shops, hotels, attractions and products they advertise. On this downtown walk, you’ll learn how and why the signs were painted and hear the stories behind Billings’ most notable painted "ghost signs."

 

McKinley School and the North Elevation Neighborhood

(10:00 am; begins at the corner of 9th and 32nd, near McKinley School)

May 26 • July 7

Take a walk with us through Yellowstone County’s first National Register residential district! We’ll explore the history and development of the North Elevation neighborhood and learn about the many architectural treasures it holds.

 

Hidden in Plain Sight - Billings

(10:00 am; begins at WHC)

June 16 • August 4 • September 22

Explore the details of downtown with local historian, Joyce Jensen. She’ll point out historic points of interest, architectural details and tell historical stories of Billings that will surprise you.

 

Swords Rimrock Park: Yellowstone Kelly’s Final Resting Place

(10:00 am; begins at Sword’s Rimrock Park - call for directions)

July 28 • September 15 • October 6

Take a break from your routine and celebrate Billings’ magnificent Rimrocks with a stroll along the east end of Swords Rimrock Park. Enjoy Billings’ most visible parkland, just east of the airport, learning about Crow Indian historic sites and Yellowstone Kelly’s gravesite.

 

The Southsiders

(10:00 am; begins South Side Senior Center - call for directions)

June 30 • July 21 • August 25

Explore the rich history of the south side! On this tour, we’ll look at the remnants of Billings’ railroad beginnings, see the influence of the sugar beet factory and learn about the role of South Park in our community.

 

Walking Tour of MetraPark and County Fairgrounds

(10:00 am; begins at fairgrounds gate)

August 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

For 100 years we’ve celebrated at the county fairgrounds on the east end of downtown. Join a historian for stories about Billings’ Bison Kill, Sacrifice Cliff, and the several historic fairground buildings. Each tour includes a fair entry ticket. Space is limited; please call 256-6809 for reservations.

 

Grave Side Stories: A Stroll through Mountview Cemetery

(10:00 am; begins at Mountview Cemetery - call for directions)

September 29 • October 13 • October 27

Join us for a walk through Billings’ Mountview cemetery located on Central Avenue. We’ll look at the original layout of Billings’ first cemetery, hear some of our past citizens stories, and view the historic mausoleum.