09/07/17 Thursday in Billings, MT
We checked out some unique places and people in Billings today.
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:
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.
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).