Timeline of Billings, Montana facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Billings, Montana, USA.

Prior to 20th century

  • 1877 - Homesteaders arrive.
  • 1882
    • Billings Depot built.
    • Billings Herald newspaper begins publication.
    • Billings Cemetery established.
  • 1883
    • Coulson-Billings street railway begins operating.
    • Billings Fire Brigade organized.
  • 1885 - Billings Daily Gazette newspaper begins publication.
  • 1889 - Town becomes part of new State of Montana.
  • 1891 - The Weekly Times newspaper begins publication.

20th century

  • 1901 - Public Library established.
  • 1902 - Billings and Northern Railroad in operation.
  • 1903 - Moss Mansion (residence) built.
  • 1904 - Northern Hotel in business.
  • 1906 - Babcock Theatre built.
  • 1908 - Billings Polytechnic founded.
  • 1910
    • Masonic Temple (Billings, Montana) built.
    • Population: 10,031.
  • 1912 - Billings and Central Montana Railway in operation.
  • 1917 - Cereal Food Processor Building constructed.
  • 1927 - Eastern Montana Normal School founded.
  • 1928 - Billings Municipal Airport begins operating.
  • 1929 - Yale Oil refinery begins operating.
  • 1931 - Fox Theater opens.
  • 1932 - Cobb Field baseball park opens.
  • 1935 - Intermountain Union College relocated to Billings (approximate date).
  • 1937 - Pictograph Cave excavation begins near city.
  • 1944 - St. Patrick's High School established.
  • 1947
    • Rocky Mountain College established.
    • Carter Oil Company refinery built near Billings.
  • 1948 - Billings Mustangs baseball team formed.
  • 1950
    • Billings Symphony Orchestra founded.
    • Shrine Auditorium built.
    • Population: 31,834.
  • 1953 - Billings Studio Theater company founded.
  • 1957 - Yellowstone County Courthouse built.
  • 1958 - June 2: Tornado.
  • 1962 - Kampgrounds of America headquartered in Billings.
  • 1964 - Yellowstone Art Center opens.
  • 1971 - Western Heritage Center opens.
  • 1974 - Sage Tower built.
  • 1975
    • Montana Entertainment Trade and Recreation Arena opens.
    • Granite Tower built.
    • Rimrock Mall in business.
  • 1977 - Norwest Bank built.
  • 1980
  • 1982 - Rocky Plaza condos built.
  • 1985 - First Interstate Center built.
  • 1986 - Flag of Billings, Montana design adopted.
  • 1988 - City filled with smoke from Yellowstone fires of 1988.
  • 1990 - Population: 81,151.
  • 1992 - December 18: Airplane crash.
  • 1993 - Billings Bulls ice hockey team formed.
  • 1994 - Montana Women's Prison in operation.
  • 1995 - ZooMontana opens.
  • 1996 - Charles Tooley becomes mayor.
  • 1999
    • Four Dances Natural Area acquired by US Bureau of Land Management.
    • City website online.
    • Mormon Temple dedicated.

21st century

  • 2002 - Skypoint awning/sculpture installed.
  • 2007 - Billings Dharma Center dedicated.
  • 2008 - Dehler Park (stadium) opens.
  • 2009
    • Magic City Rollers roller derby league formed.
    • Tom Hanel becomes mayor.
  • 2010
    • June 20: Fathers Day Tornado.
    • Population: 104,170.
  • 2011 - July: Oil pipeline bursts near city.

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