The city of Billings was founded in 1877 in what was at the time the Montana Territory.  Within the next several years the city was connected to the Northern Pacific Railroad, a fact which allowed Billings to grow and prosper at a rapid pace.  Soon the railroad's commerce caused Billings to become one of the most prosperous cities in the northern plains, giving it the old nickname "Magic City" since it seemingly appeared overnight.  Billings was named for the Railroad president, Fredrick Billings, who actually never lived in or even actually visited Billings. His son as well as other family members spent time here, though.  

By the end of the Second World War Billings had become the region's largest commercial, cultural and technological center, and by the 1960's had become Montana's largest city.  After a brief decline in population and job growth in the 1970's due to the Oil Crisis, Billings is again today the largest city in the northern plains states and the place people from many neighboring states come for medical treatment, education, and commerce.  The population and economy in Billings continues to grow, in spite of stagnant growth in other parts of the country. 

Billings today is Montana's Trailhead, the place to start your trip or reload as you travel. It is a fantastic hub for many attractions, including Little Bighorn Battlefield, Pompey's Pillar, and Yellowstone National Park.