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 Montana residents and visitors to the State.

Most tours are typically each Friday morning at 10:00 am Mid-May through October. We’ve added some Thursday evening and Saturday morning tours. Custom times are also available by request. Contact us at 406-256-6809 for more information (Lauren or Kevin).

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).

Bars, Brothels, and Bok Choy: Exploring Minnesota Avenue

  • Friday, May 17, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, May 31, 2019 -10AM; Thursday, June 27, 2019 – 6PM; Friday, July 19, 2019 -10AM;
  • Friday, September 13, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, September 27, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, October 18, 2019 – 10AM

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.

This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.

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Born a Railroad Town

  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 6PM; Friday, July 12, 2019 -10AM; Friday, September 7, 2019 -10AM; Friday, October 4, 2019 -10AM.

Billings’ was created in 1882 by the Northern Pacific Railroad.  The city was split into two by railroad tracks running through the center of downtown. This tour explores the founding of Billings and explains how the railroad continues to impact us today.

This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.

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The Lights on Broadway

  • Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 10AM; Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 10AM; Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 10AM.

Take a morning walk through the heart of downtown Billings and the Farmer’s Market to learn about the development of North Broadway and the historical characters who walked the streets.

This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.

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Swords Rimrock Park

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 – 10AM (History and Botany); Saturday, June 8, 2019 -10AM; Saturday July 27, 2019 – 10AM (History and Botany); Friday, October 4, 2019 -10AM.

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.

This tour begins at Sword’s Rimrock Park Picnic Area, east of the Airport.

Call 256-6809 if you need directions.

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Historic Moss Mansion Neighborhood (Architecture)

  • Friday, June 7, 2019 – 10AM; Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 10AM; Thursday, August 29, 2019 – 6PM; Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 6PM.

Still some of the most beautiful residences in town, Clark and Yellowstone Avenues were home to Billings’ most influential business and civic leaders. We will explore the stunning architecture and share stories of the legendary residents who called them home.

This tour begins at the corner of Division Street and Clark Avenue. Call if you need directions.

South Park Stroll

  • Friday, July 5, 2019 – 10AM; Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, August 30 – 10AM.

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.

This tour begins South Park (east side). Call if you need directions.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

  • Friday, June 21, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, July 26, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, September 6, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, September 20, 2019.

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

This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.

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Then and Now: Picturing Billings (Billings Depot Neighborhood)

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, August 02, 2019 – 10AM.

Take a trip back in time as we explore downtown Billings and the WHC archive side-by-side. Inspect historic photos of existing structures, identify lost buildings, and feel what life was like in the Billings of the past. This tour includes digital components – bring your tablet/smartphone if you wish!  Cecelia Gavinsky, the museum collections manager, leads the tour.

This tour begins at the Billings Depot on Montana Avenue. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.

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McKinley School and North Elevation Neighborhood Architecture

  • Friday, May 24, 2019 – 10AM; Thursday, July 25, 2019 – 6PM.

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 treasurers it holds.

This tour begins at the corner of 9th and 32nd, near McKinley School. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.

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Walking Tour of MetraPark and County Fairgrounds

  • Friday, August 9, 2019 – 11AM; Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 11AM; Friday, August 16, 2019 – 11AM; Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 11AM

For 100 years we’ve celebrated at the county fairgrounds on the east end of downtown. Join Joyce Mayer, community leader, for stories about Billings’ Bison Kill, Sacrifice Cliff, and the several historic fairground buildings. Each tour includes a $10.00 fair entry pass. Space is limited; please call 256-6809 for reservations.

This tour begins at the fairgrounds gate and culminates with a free pass to the fair. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.

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Grave Side Stories – A Walk Through Mountview Cemetery

  • Friday, June 28, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, August 23, 2019 – 10AM; Saturday, Sept 14, 2019 – 10AM; Friday, October 11, 2019 – 10AM

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.

This tour begins at Mountview Cemetery, off of Central Avenue. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.

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