Post by Diane Merkel on Mar 31, 2006 8:42:31 GMT -5
Boothill Cemetery is located near the Billings Airport, in front of the Applebees. It is home to "H.M. 'Muggins' Taylor, the Army Scout who carried news of Custer's defeat on the Little Bighorn to an Army post near what is now Bozeman."
Taylor died in 1882, when he was shot by a drunken man. The man had been beating his wife, the Coulson laundress, and Taylor, a sheriff's deputy, was trying to help her. A granite monument with a bronze plaque was erected in Taylor's honor in Boothill Cemetery in 1978.
Thanks, Diane. And if you go up the hill towards the airport from Boot Hill, you'll come across Yellowstone Kelley's lone monument and grave. It overlooks his beloved Yellowstone River. I wonder what he'd think about the refineries that it also overlooks.
Hmmm ... "Mrs. Louisa Carter, who committed suicide when she was 25 by walking into the Yellowstone River ..." Sounds a bit Virginia Woolf to me! I especially enjoyed Kemmick's opening comment: "A couple of pieces of Billings history--or pieces that might be second or third cousins to Billings history--are up for sale ..."
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