Cowboy up!: Miles City

2014-05-22T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T11:20:54Z Cowboy up!: Miles CityBy KAREN KINSER The Billings Gazette
May 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Founded in 1876, Miles City was once the livestock and horse-trading center of the country, and still retains its reputation as an historic cow town.

Named after Gen. Nelson A. Miles and located at the confluence of the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers, the area is steeped in history, beginning with its early days as a flourishing trading site.

After the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the influx of soldiers caused a population explosion and a need for businesses and services, including boarding houses, bordellos, saloons and dance halls.

When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1881, cattle could be transported from as far away as Texas, and Miles City cemented its position as a pre-eminent cattle town.

It’s a place that loves its cowboys and loves to have fun. But don’t think that Miles City is just a one-trick pony kind of town. Embodying the spirit of the Old West, Miles City has a whole kit and caboodle of activities.

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