Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site in Billings Gets $25,000
Yellowstone Kelly's grave site may finally be maintained thanks to a Billings couple. The Billings City Council has approved an agreement with the Capital Campaign of the Billings Parks, Recreation and Preservation Foundation to provide up to $25,000 to the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site.
The Capital Campaign of the Billings Parks, Recreation and Preservation Foundation would reimburse Jim and Lin Roscoe over time.
The Billings couple, Jim and Lin Roscoe, said their decision to contribute to the project stemmed from an interest in local history.
Along with their interest in local history, Yellowstone Kelly’s gravesite view evokes a special feeling for those who visit.
Renovating the site is also about honoring a commitment that has gone unfulfilled over the years. The Yellowstone Kelly Inoperative Site Steering Committee, City of Billings, Yellowstone County, and Chamber of Commerce intend to carry out that promise made almost a century ago.
Billings and Yellowstone County have not followed through on their promises to care for the gravesite of an important man whose story symbolize the American West frontier and who is tremendously unique and important to our local history.
The YKIS Steering Committee aims to secure the remaining funding within the next year and break ground in early 2017.
As you are taking a drive around Billings plan a stop and visit the gravesite of Yellowstone Kelly, not only is is beautiful view of the city from the rims, it's a very interesting read on the gravesite marker.