Billings area dating
Soon a graveyard was needed and Boothill Cemetery was created.It was called Boothill because most of the people in it were said to have died with their boots on.Boothill Cemetery today sits within the city limits of Billings and is the only remaining physical evidence of Coulson's existence.When the railroad came to the area Coulson residents were sure the town would become the railroads hub and Coulson would soon be the Territories largest city.
In July 1806, William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) passed through the Billings area.
The area where Billings is today was once known as Clark's Fork Bottom.
Clark's Fork Bottom was to be the hub for hauling freight to Judith and Musselshell Basins.
At the time these were some of the most productive areas of the Montana Territory.
The plan was to run freight up Alkali Creek, now part of Billings Heights, to the basins and Fort Benton on the Hi-Line.The downtown core and much of the rest of Billings is in the Yellowstone Valley which is a canyon carved out by the Yellowstone River.