History

The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of organization began with a conversation between two Billings area residents, former rodeo rider and announcer Lyle Graves and western artist R.F. Rains. Artist Rains was known for his life-like quality and attention to detail on his bronzes. The conversation led to the formation of the Yellowstone County Arts & Bronze Committee in 1998.

The YCABC vision was to produce a monument to recognize individuals who had contributed to the western heritage of Montana. Graves and Rains concurred that Billings native Dan Mortensen, who at the time had already achieved five PRCA world titles, should be the model. The years of planning began.

A conceptual watercolor by local artist Zack Garretson was the inspiration for the spectacular 18 foot bronze sculpture that became the focal point of the site with a curved brick and granite Wall of Fame, showcasing the names of Montana's champion rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.

After years of work and fundraising, the site was dedicated October 16, 2002. Thousands of people each year enjoy this tribute to Montana's rich rodeo tradition located at the entrance to MetraPark Arena in Billings, Montana. This was Rains' last major work as he dided just six months after the dedication.

In 2010 it was decided to expand the wall and add an Additional Monument Wall to accommodate all the professional rodeo champion cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo committees, personnel, rodeo queens and pro rodeo legends. In June 2010, a tornado stuck the site and damaged both the original wall and the newly constructed wall, as well as the landscaping. Fortunately the statue was undamaged. A large number of the granite brand blocks displayed on the exterior wall of the MetraPark Arena were also damaged. Now, all the damage has been repaired and thousands of people enjoy the Monument Site at the entrance of MetraPark.

Partners to help in original construction:
Bruce Haagenson
Ron Reed
Lee Myers
Blake Lundberg
Verlin Hale
Rick Wolfe
Rob Strub
Auddie Herren
Pacific Supply
Wayne Premo
Ash Grove Cement
Macon Supply
Exchange Clubs of Billings
The Montana Mad Hatters
Tractor & Equipment Co.
Ralph Young
Western Flag & Banner
Butch Bailey Masonry
Fredrickson Wall Systems
Empire Sand & Gravel
Beall Tank, Inc.
Intermountain Distributing
Garnett "Newt"Omoth
Strongs Crane Service
Gerald Hill Masonry
Hill Masonry, Inc.
Evig Bros Contractors
A-1 Landscaping & Nursery
Caboose Saloon
Billings Monument