Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
How the Railroad Shaped Our Town
Generous federal Railroad Acts granted railroads land in alternating sections along their routes. In Montana Territory the railroad was given odd numbered, checkerboard sections, stretching out forty miles off of track. In Billings, two of these odd numbered sections overlapped due to land survey adjustments. The railroad seized the opportunity to maximize development and placed the railroad through the center of these two sections. Montana Avenue, north of the tracks, and Minnesota Avenue, on the south. became the main thoroughfares of Billings.
The first railroad depot of Billings was on the north side of the tracks on Montana Avenue and North 28th Street (North Broadway). Civic buildings including
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 45° 47.072′ N, 108° 29.851′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Montana Avenue (Business Interstate 90) near North 22nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Montana Avenue, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Billings' Humble Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Montana's 70 Million Year Old Beach (here, next to this marker); Explorer, Guide, and Hunter (a few steps from this marker); Children of the Large-Beaked Bird (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fight or Flight of the Nez Perce (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of the Little Bighorn (within shouting distance of this marker); Billings' Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Purity Bread Company (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.