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All Montana Area Codes are 406

case present the work of the finest craftsman of the times. Panels of birds and flowers carved in the golden oak staircase represented all the nations of the world when the home was built. Other lavish touches include embellishments of bronze, silver, and copper on the walls, nine origi- nal fireplaces, French beveled glass and Tiffany- style stained glass windows. The staircase landing surrounds a seven by thirteen foot window. Parquet floors, hand painted “fresco” ceilings, combed plaster designed walls and nine different kinds of wood contribute to the opulence of the manor. Anticipating the arrival of electricity, Clark had all of the chandeliers equipped for gas and electricity. The octagon shaped reception room, the massive dining room, the billiard room and library all reflect the lavish lifestyle of Mr. Clark.

In addition to the mansion itself, the current owners have numerous collections on display including dolls, toys, clocks, hats, demitasse cups and steins. The Mansion also operates as a bed and breakfast, so if you plan ahead you can spend the night. The mansion is open daily May 1 through September 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From October through April it is open by appointment only.


Chinese pioneers were one of the first distinc- tive ethnic groups to come to Montana dur- ing the late 19th century. During the 1870s ten percent of the state’s residents were Chinese. These hardworking and often coura- geous immigrants worked in mining, railroad construction and numerous service industries.

Most of the Chinese immigrants who fol- lowed the lure of quick riches of “Gold Mountain” were young men who left villages and families. China was plagued with eco- nomic difficulties. Many Westerners were frightened by Chinese food, dress, customs, clannishness and religious beliefs. This result- ed in name-calling, obstruction of their legal rights, anti-Chinese laws, and violence.

The Chinese immigrants sacrificed blood and dreams to help build the American West. The Mai Wah Society, an organization to pre- serve the Chinese cultural history of Butte, Montana, is researching the contributions that Chinese pioneers made to the settle- ment of the Montana area. The Chinese, who left behind their families and lives to travel east, also helped to build the founda- tion of our nation with their dreams and hopes for a better future.

Notable Chinese in the state are immor- talized at the Mai Wah museum such as: Tommie Haw, who came on the first cattle drive into Beaverhead, came to Montana in 1850, adopted by a local rancher William Orr, and later raised cattle and sheep in the Dillon area; Dr. Rose Hum Lee, graduated from Butte High School in 1921. Her father came to the Butte area in the 1870s. He worked in ranching and mining, and had a laundry busi- ness. Dr. Lee later became the head of the sociology department at Roosevelt University, Chicago in 1956, according to the Mai Wah Society. Our nation was built on the dreams of all immigrants who came in search of a new beginning.


mens from the underground mines.

Although it is impossible to permanently dis- play the entire collection of 15,000 specimens, a large number are incorporated in the exhibits. At present, about 1,500 specimens are displayed in the Museum.

The Highland Centennial Gold Nugget, weighing 27,475 troy ounces, was recently donat- ed to the Mineral Museum for permanent display. This very large nugget was found in September 1989 during placer mining in the Highland Mountains south of Butte. Also on display is a huge 400 pound quartz crystal.

F Acoma Restaurant & Lounge 60 E Broadway in Butte. 782-7001

The doors of the Hotel Acoma first opened in 1914 when the Copper Kings still battled over the rich- est hill on earth. When it was converted into a supper club and lounge, the Acoma became Butte’s hot spot for dining, dancing, and cavorting. Now The Acoma is a silent reminder of Butte’s notorious history, where you can experience the splendor of one of Butte’s historic landmarks and enjoy fine dining and fun. The menu offers choice cuts of certified Angus beef, seafood, veal, lamb, gourmet sauces, and delicious desserts in an atmosphere that is casual, yet elegant. Located in Historic Uptown Butte. Reservations are recommended.

A display of fluorescent minerals is exhibit- ed in a separate room. Minerals in these cases are illuminated in both long and short wave- length ultraviolet light.

Two other cases deserve special mention. One is the exhibit of minerals from Butte, and the other is a display of some of the wide variety of minerals found in Montana.

The museum is open daily year round. Seasonal hours apply. There is no admission fee.

T World Museum of Mining W Park St in Butte. 723-7211

S Cavanaugh’s County Celtic Gifts & Collectibles

131 W Park St in Butte. 723-1183. countyceltic.com. cavanaughs@bigskyhsd.com

Got a little Irish in you? Cavanaugh’s County Celtic will help you grow your Irish roots. The owners have invested years of retail experience in Butte’s heritage and history, bringing the color of it’s Irish history to the shelves of this fascinating shop. Discover a wide selection of Celtic items including books for adults and children, a huge selection of music, jewelry and accessories, name crest flags, teapots, teacups, and mugs. A large selection of clothing includes sweaters, Irish Christening gowns, sweatshirts, and Celtic design tee shirts. The shop also offers regionally made items including Celtic crosses, stained glass, and books by local authors. You can also visit Cavanaugh’s at their web site. Whether you’re Irish or just aspire to it, you’ll love this store.

M Apex Realty

34 S Main St in Butte. 723-7953. apexrealtybutte.com


One of Butte’s most popular attractions is nes- tled beneath the massive headframe of the once active Orphan Girl underground mine. Spread over 12 acres, this 1889 mining camp has dis- plays both inside and outdoors and is appealing to the whole family.

This extensive Mining Museum and recon- structed 1899 Mining Camp are built on the origi- nal Orphan Girl Mine site and provide insights into the mining era that can only be captured here. The museum was built entirely with volunteer help and donations. A replica of an actual mining camp, complete with cobblestone streets and boardwalks, shows the interiors of more than thirty businesses filled with antiques from the same era. The antiques can be viewed through the windows as the visitor strolls along the boardwalks of a time long ago past. Unique displays include a Chinese laundry, a sauerkraut factory, a funeral parlor, an ice house, a school, a general store, and of course, a saloon. On specific days, one can pan for gold; call ahead for days and times.

The Orphan Girl Express is a three car train pulled by an underground trammer engine. You can take the 20 minute train ride around the grounds while the engineer points out historic fea- tures along the way.

At the Hardrock Mining Building early day mining life is depicted in the photo archives of over 6,000 photographs.

T Mineral Museum

Montana Tech Campus in Butte. 496-4414

This is a rock hounds paradise. Butte’s rich min- ing history is on display here through an impressive array of fine-quality mineral speci-

The museum is open April 1 through October 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To get there go up the hill to the Montana Tech campus and past the Marcus Daly statue. Just beyond th statue, you will see the sign pointing to the museum. An admission fee is charged.

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