Same Name, Huge Differences. Another Billings is 1200 Miles Away
A press release we received today from the City of Billings shared details of a recent visit to the Magic City by representatives from another town that shares our name, Billings, Missouri. The group met with Mayor Bill Cole while they were in town, to discuss the possibility of a sister-city relationship. The goodwill gesture is largely symbolic, but it's fun to think about an alternate Billings.
Two very different cities with the same name.
Columbus, Springfield, Franklin, and Washington are some of the most popular city names in the US. According to World Atlas, 88 towns in America share the name Washington. There are just FIVE towns named Billings, which I wrote about last year. One is Billings, Missouri. I wrote,
Billings, Missouri looks like a charming little town of around 1,000 people, located in the southwest corner of the "Show Me State." Famous Branson is to the south and Springfield to the north, offering various entertainment and recreational opportunities within easy driving distance. Citi-data.com cites a median home price of just $107,000. Not bad for a spot near the base of the Ozark's.
Both towns are named after Fredrick H. Billings.
In 1872 (ten years before Billings, MT was founded) the railroad baron paid the fledgling community in Missouri $1,000 to build a church, in exchange for naming rights to the town. While our town has grown to nearly 120,000 people, the little Billings in Missouri retains its small-town charm.
Billings, MO rode in on motorcycles.
I already feel like I could be great friends with the people in Billings, MO. The four ambassadors from the Show Me State rode here on their Harleys and spent about four hours with the mayor and other city leaders. Here's a cool tidbit about Billings, MO... it's where the compound bow was invented. You can learn more about their visit to Billings, Montana HERE.