Magic City myths and legends

2014-08-24T01:00:00Z 2014-08-29T16:59:26Z Magic City myths and legendsBy CHASE DOAK cdoak@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette
August 24, 2014 1:00 am  • 

As Billings has grown and gained its own distinct cultural identity, its residents have created their own mythology.

Some of these legends predate the city, such as the tales of Sacrifice Cliff and Skeleton Cliff, both based on the oral tradition of the Crow people. These legends persist in large part through interest in the etymology of the peculiar place names associated with them.

Other area legends are the type best suited for sleepovers and campfires. Ghost stories such as the alleged haunting of the Moss Mansion and parts of the Rocky Mountain College campus, as well as the more recent legend of the Airport Road ghost jogger, are popular among children and teenagers in the area.

Urban legends relating to the downtown steam tunnels have circulated for decades, tying the tunnels to all kinds of seedy underground activities, most of which have never been backed up by historical evidence.

These legends, whether based in myth or reality, have become ingrained in the collective memory of Billings and will continue to captivate listeners for years to come.

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