The elegant, historic Billings Depot has become an attraction and venue of downtown Billings, but not everyone that visits knows the legacy of its origin, over a century ago.
In the early 1900s, railroads were thriving, delivering shipments throughout the West. Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy were in need of a station in Southeast Montana. In the year of 1909, The Billings Depot was built.
Within just the first five years of the depot’s existence, Billings began to see huge growth. The train tracks were extended in ten directions just to keep up. By 1931, there were over 26 passenger trains departing and arriving daily.
However, as the decades passed, the era of the passenger train declined. After the last departure in 1979, the Billings Depot closed its doors. Soon, the depot and surrounding buildings began to disintegrate.
Almost 30 years passed after the depot shut down, when a group of citizens came together to rehabilitate the facility, inspired by the rustic charm it brought to the community. Through grants, private and public donations, and fundraising events, they were able to give the depot a complete face lift. They opened the renovated facility in the fall of 2001.
For the past 16 years, the historic Billings Depot has become the venue of choice for visitors and residents alike. Presidents, governors, Hollywood celebrities, and even royalty have graced the Billings Depot (a little-known fact: Ron Howard filmed parts of his 1992 movie “Far and Away” in the Billings Depot).
The reason why so many people love the historic Billings Depot is no mystery. This 108-year-old building provides uniquely charming setting to host any event. Between the elegant Passenger Station to the cozy Baggage Room to the two new outdoor spaces, there is something for every style and size of event.
This gem is conveniently located within walking distance of the Best Western Clock Tower Inn. You can rest assured knowing you and your guests will have the comforts of home just a quarter mile away. For more information on booking with Best Western Clock Tower Inn, visit our website, or call (406) 259-5511.