By Donna Long
Billings, Mont., founded in 1882, is known as the “Magic City” because of rapid growth as a railroad town. Billings is part of the Yellowstone Valley which is a canyon that was created by the Yellowstone River about 80 million years ago, cutting through the sandstone, creating the Rimrock canyon walls that surround the city.
Located about five miles south of downtown Billings is Pictograph Cave State Park. There are three main caves in the park – Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost cave. The caves were inhabited by prehistoric hunters that left flints, arrow heads, and other artifacts behind in addition to painting the cave walls with more than 100 rock paintings depicting animals, people, and successful hunts.