For years, there has been basically one cab company in Billings. Anyone who has ever taken a taxi in Billings in the last few decades knows who we're talking about. You can read a ton of lousy reviews on Yelp. The certain crayon-colored cab company has an overall score of 1.5 out of 5.

Some of the complaints include rude dispatchers, rude drivers, drivers not showing up on time for a scheduled pick-up (sometimes not showing up at all), billing issues, etc. My last experience with them was years ago, and it was a blurry night.  As I recall, the experience was good.

Have a few too many? Don't drive. Credit Michael Foth, TSM
Have a few too many? Don't drive. Credit Michael Foth, TSM
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Then Uber and Lyft became a thing.

Uber launched in big cities first and eventually, the service came to Billings. The rideshare industry revolutionized the way we "call a cab" and for many users, these platforms work quite well.

Surge pricing can occasionally be an issue. This is where a normal ride from, let's say Downtown to Target in the Heights usually costs $13 (or whatever the price is). But that same distance ride from the DoubleTree to MetraPark when Elton John is playing, will likely cost much, much more. Supply and demand, right?

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Now, there's a newcomer to the taxi business in Billings.

We love competition because it's generally good for consumers. There's a new 24-hour taxi company serving Billings and the vicinity. It's called Dalton's PrairiePaths Taxi and Shuttle. Their number is 406-697-5205. They're promising better-than-rideshare prices and seem to offer a number of specials and discounts. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

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I punched their number into my Contacts under "Cabs", so next time we need a ride home, I'll remember their name. With company parties, holiday parties, parties-because-2023-is-over parties... it's great to have another option for safe rides home.

Tour Abandoned Colorado Gentlemen’s Club Prior to Demolition

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

A gentlemen’s club in Colorado closed its doors for good back in 2016 following a murder, but a walk-through prior to its demolition was documented on film.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde