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is its altitude. At a 5,500 foot elevation, it is a pre- mier training facility providing athletes from around the world a chance to build stamina through exer- cise programs tailored for varying competitions.

T Stodden Park and

Community Pool Corner of Holmes and Hills Ave in Butte. 494-3686

Stodden Park is Butte’s main city park. There are tennis courts, a ball diamond, horseshoe pits, and large areas of shaded grassy areas for taking an afternoon nap while the kids play in the public swimming pool here.

M Great Divide Realty

1628 Harrison Ave in Butte. 782-4800, (Patricia Coles) 491-7653, (Louise Chandler) 491-0746, or (Melva Munson) 490-9646 or 877-563-2170. www.greatdividerealty.com, www.imoverealestate.com. louise@greatdividerealty.com

Explore the Great Divide, land of the Last Best Place, with the agents of Great Divide Realty. The staff is devoted to making your move as easy as possible, and has built a reputation for client sat- isfaction. The ethical, experienced, full-time agents understand your needs when buying, sell- ing, or relocating. Their base camps (offices) are in Butte and Anaconda, yet they travel from Georgetown Lake to Canyon Ferry Lake and throughout the surrounding areas. Call or email Patricia Coles, Broker/Owner and Louise Chandler in Butte, or Melva Munson in Anaconda. Whether you are planning to buy or sell property in any of these areas, the agents at Great Divide Realty will assist you every step of the way with your Montana purchase.


T Silver Bow 15 mi S of Butte on Rte 2

Also known as Highland City, many of the several hundred miners cabins that were built still exist near the graveyard. The city once had a fierce repu- tation for wild gun play and rich with gold during its boom years between 1865 and 1875. The site is accessible on a good Forest Service logging road.


Food, Lodging

L Holiday Inn Express

1 Holiday Park Dr in Butte. 494-6999. www.hiexpress.com/buttemt

8. Attraction

T Butte Chamber, Visitor & Transportation Center

1000 George St at I-90 Exit 126 in Butte. 723-3177 or 800-735-6814

This new visitor’s center is more than just a good place to pick up literature on the area.


Inside is a small museum that highlights the forming of the geology and early settlement of the area, the gold and silver era of Butte, the development of the richest hill on earth, the mining and smelting industry and the all-impor- tant transportation corridors.

this episode. From this point you can view an unforgettable panorama of the 10,000-foot-high Highland Mountains and the scattered remnants of a once booming mining industry.

Also inside the center is the George F. Grant Fly Collection. Even if you don’t know a thing about fly fishing, you’ll marvel at these works of art. A legend in fly fishing circles, George’s unique woven hackle monofilament bodied flies are artis- tic masterpieces and are prized by collectors. Learn more at www.butteinfo.org.


Food, Lodging

T Berkeley Pit Mercury St in Butte. 723-3177

Think you’ve seen some big holes? Wait till you see this one. The pit was started in 1955 as a large truck-operated open-pit copper mine until mining ceased in 1982. By that time, nearly 1.5 billion tons of material had been removed including more than 290 million tons of copper ore.

T The Mother Lode Theatre 316 W Park St in uptown Butte. 723-3602

This beautiful building is located in Butte’s historic district and is a showplace for the performing arts. Its proscenium theater seats 1,230 people.

Two communities and a large part of the one time populous East Side were consumed to create the pit. The homes, businesses and schools of the working-class towns of Meaderville and McQueen east of the pit site were purchased by the Anaconda Mining Company. Several deep shaft mines were also obliterated. The headframe of the Leonard was part of Meaderville’s main street.

The pit is 7,000 feet long, 5,600 feet wide, and 1,600 feet deep. Groundwater seeping from the several thousand miles of interconnected tunnels that honeycomb the hills surrounding the pit has created a small lake in the pit. In April of 1996, pumping operations began to pump and treat 2.5 million gallons daily to pre- vent surface flows from entering the Pit. Today, copper is being recovered from the water in the pit for use in industry.

The Pit water is acidic from water contact with mineralized zones. Since it is a hazard to waterfowl, a number of devices are being used to keep the birds from landing on the water. Flares, shell crack- ers and electronic noise makers are some methods.

The Pit is just off of Continental Drive. An observation stand is open at the site from dawn to dusk late spring through early fall. There is a small admission fee.

T The Mai Wah Museum

17 W Mercury in Butte. 723-3231

When the history of Butte’s mining era is told, most of the focus is on the Irish. The Chinese played an important role as well. As the placer mining era declined, Chinese miners came to Butte to work the mines. As that work declined, they were relegated to work in laundries, domestic service and noodle parlors. The Mai Wah and Wah Chong Tai buildings are adjacent to China Alley, a narrow thoroughfare which runs between Galena and Mercury Streets. In the building you’ll see exhibits which interpret the history of Asians in Butte and the Rocky Mountain West.

The Mai Wah Society, was established for edu- cational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including research and public education about the history, culture, and conditions of Asian people in the Rocky Mountain West. The Mai Wah Society is the caretaker for Montana’s only authentic ceremo- nial parade dragon, a generous gift of the govern- ment of Taiwan to the people of Montana. Each summer an exhibit in the museum interprets aspects of the lives of Asian immigrants to the region. The museum is open June through August, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

T Piccadilly Museum of Transportation

T The Dumas Brothel 45 E Mercury in Butte. 723-6128

20 W Broadway in uptown Butte. 723-3034

Butte’s newest museum features oil company col- lectables, underground train (subway) memorabilia from the United States and Europe, a vintage repli- ca 1920s service station complete with original gas pumps, license plates from around the world, and a small but interesting collection of motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Included in the collection is an exhibit of commercial advertising art and Coca Cola® and Pepsi® memorabilia. The muse- um is open June through September Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $3 is appreciated.

For more than 90 years, the Dumas operated con- tinuously as a house of prostitution. The run from 1890 to 1982 gives it the dubious honor of being the longest-running house of ill repute in the United States. It is now the only remaining rem- nant of what was once a thriving red light district in Butte. When the building was threatened with demolition, Butte native Rudy Giecek purchased the building and began to restore it in 1990. Today, it is open as a museum depicting the histo- ry of this industry that was so vital to the miners of yesterday. The museum is open May through September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

T Granite Mountain Memorial

T St. Lawrence O’Toole Church

In Butte go N on Main St and turn right at the directional sign past the St. Lawrence Church in Walkerville. 723-3177

A memorial to the 168 men lost their lives in the tragic “Spec fire” disaster on June 8, 1917. This was the greatest loss of life in hardrock mining history. Interpretive plaques tell the story of this disaster and the turbulent times that surrounded

1308 N Main in Butte

In 1897, miners and local families raised $25,000 in donations to build this church. A European artist painted 40 frescoes on the ceilings and a number of paintings in other parts of the church in 1907. The church is no longer used for services and is only open to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

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