Named for the Big Horn Basin, this is the county seat of Big Horn County. A bitter battle for this title ensued in 1897 between Basin City (as it was then called) and Otto. Basin won by 38 votes, thanks to the fact that Cody entered the race at the last minute and split the vote in the west. It is known as the Lilac City, and the major crop is beans, although the economy relies on ranching too. Along with Greybull, Basin was one of the first towns in the whole Northwest to make use of natural gas for utilities.