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The Mines

Butte was a mining boom town. Gold was discovered in 1864. By the time it ran out, silver and copper had been discovered. Butte became the world’s leading producer of copper, and maintained that status for decades .

The Anaconda smelter, the world’s largest, was constructed in 1883. By the following year, there were 300 mines, 9 quartz mills and 4 smelters in Butte, employing 5,000 workers

The Anaconda mine produced half of the copper used by the U.S. in WWII.

The Berkeley Pit opened in 1955, and the huge open pit gradually swallowed up part of the town, including a number of ethnic neighborhoods.

Uptown

All that mining money led to the construction of incredible mansions and public buildings. This historic district is well worth an afternoon wandering around looking at architecture.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mining history, old mansions, outdoor activities
  • Cons:Name leads to jokes--it is NOT pronounced Butt.
  • In a nutshell:Worth a few days
  • Last visit to Butte: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 11, 2011
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  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    I would love to stay at the mansion and do the tour.Also the paved walkway on the wetlands would be interesting.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Very nice Butte Page. I need to check these places out next time I'm in Montana.

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    we also were the only guests so we got the william clark suite for the price of the cheapest, and ys the breakfast was great but the place was still weird.

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