If you have never been to...
If you have never been to Butte before you must take the Old Number 1 Trolley tour through Uptown Butte. The trolley is an old street car used in the mining city, back in the day. The tour is approximately an hour and half. It's fun! The Columbia Gardens was the most beautiful and funnest place, it was a amusement park, built for the kids of Butte to have a fun place to spend their weekends. Unfortunately it burnt down many years ago. But now the community is pulling together, they have a project where they're hand carving carousel horses. Around 16 have already been completed. Another group is saving the original water town and turning it into a Columbia Gardens museum. More details will be added when they become available.
Winter here can get pretty cold. I think the coldest last year was -30 degrees. So bring warm clothes. But summer here is nice. 70's are the norm. But it can and does get up to the 90's. We have mountains, mountains, and more mountains.
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.
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.