Boothill Cemetery, “Yellowstone” Kelly and Moss Mansion

09/07/17 Thursday in Billings, MT

We checked out some unique places and people in Billings today.

Boothill Cemetery

This was a disappointment for John. It took a good while to find it (no signs to help), but with directions from the manager at Boothill Inn & Suites, we did. These photos sum it up:

Boothill 1

Boothill 2

Boothill 3

Sacrifice Cliffs or The Place Where the White Horse Went Down

There really was a cemetery of grasses with metal crosses placed all over, but the only grave that was marked with a headstone was that of Muggins Taylor.

Thanks to the same lady’s directions we found the new interpretive site for Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly. This man was an adventurer at heart, accomplishing so much in his life. He was a trapper, hunter, trader, scout, Veteran (in 3 wars). He spent time in a lot of states including New York (where he was born), the Dakotas, Montana, Alaska to the Philippines until he and his wife retired in California. He was friends with “Buffalo Bill” Cody and President Teddy Roosevelt (one of his “Tennis Cabinet”, an informal sportsman group). Along with all those talents, he was pretty darn dashing as well. He asked to be buried in Montana, where he’d experienced his greatest adventures.  I think it’s rather cool that he was born 99 years and 2 days before I was!  Believe it or not, several books have been written about him and even a movie made of him.  

Kelly 1

Kelly 2

Kelly 3

Kelly 4

Yellowstone Kelly’s grave

Moss Mansion

The home of P. B. Moss, a civic leader who loomed large in Billings, was built in 1903 for over $100,000. Regular homes at the time cost $3,000. He and Mattie had 6 children on top of all their accomplishments- his in many businesses and leadership of Billings, hers in the arts (musician and artist).


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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