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    The Copper King Mansion

    by EllenH Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    The architecture In Butte is amazing, better then I have seen in any other town in Montana. This belonged to one of the original 3 copper kings of Butte, William Clark, the other 2 were Finlan whose son financed the hotel we just stayed at, and Daly, who founded the town I now live in. More money then anything they had. This place is actually now a B&B so you could stay there, they have 4 rooms available for B&B that range in price from $65 to $95. We reserved the $65 room but when we got there, we were the only guests so he gave us the $95 for the same price. This room was actually William Clarks' personal suite and it was quite nice. Ended up having another couple ladies staying there that night and we all had a very nice breakfast together in the morning. It was nice and it was fun but once was enough, I am much more comfortable going back to a hotel after being out in Butte's infamous bars. You can also tour it and just look at the way an excess of money was spent almost a hundred years ago this guy was worth 50,000,000!
    http://www.thecopperkingmansion.com.

    I guess the man had a more interesting history then I knew, his 104 year old daughter owns mansions all over the United states that have been kept up and no one has seen her. She is a billionaire mystery woman. Ah, the secrets of Butte, America!

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    Ride the Trolley

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    The Trolley tour takes about 2 hours, and it passed quickly. The tour is informative and fun. Our driver/tour guide, was a retired miner, and I thought his stories were even more interesting than the sights he showed us.

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    World Museum of Mining

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    This museum is one of the very few to occupy an actual historic mine site, and it shows the story of mining from earliest methods to modern techniques. There are about 50 buildings, lots of equipment, and a recreated mining camp. Tour guides take you a little way into the underground mine.

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    Tour the Copper King Mansion

    by JessieLang Written Jun 14, 2009

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    Copper King Mansion

    This is a 34-room Victorian mansion, built in 1888 for Copper King William A. Clark. He was very wealthy, and probably a bit eccentric, and the house tour is fascinating. It is a 1-hour tour, and costs $7 per adult. Hours are on web site below.

    Note: it is also a B&B (see my tip under lodging) and overnight guests get the tour without charge.

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    The Berkeley Pit

    by JessieLang Written Jun 14, 2009

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    This is one giant hole in the ground. It is 1700 ft. deep and about 3 mi. in circumference. When the mine closed in 1982, the pumps were shut off, and the pit is now full of very acidic water that they have to figure out how to clean up.

    There is an admission fee to go to the viewing platform. If you pay it, you get a look at what we can do to our environment.

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    Our Lady of the Rockies

    by Sunshine64 Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    You can't miss her. She's a 90 ft. statue of Mary up in the mountains. She's lit up at night. I first saw her on my cross-country drive from St. Louis to Seattle, then saw her again when I went to Butte on business.

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    Look for ghost signs

    by EllenH Written Mar 21, 2006

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    Ghost signs are the cheap alternative to billboards that are painted on the sides of buildings. The reason they call them ghost signs is because most of them are over 70 years old and represent businesses and products that are long since forgotten. They are a piece of artwork, decorating uptown buildings and sharing some of Butte's long history. The nice thing too is that the city is now preseving and restoring them.

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    3/16 St. Urhos Day

    by EllenH Written Mar 19, 2006

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    The day before St. Patrick's day is St. Urho's day. It is supposed to be the patron Saint of Finland except for the fact that it is totally fabricated. I have read on the internet that it originated in Minnesota but Butte wants full credit for this one! In anycase, St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of Finland (i.e. locusts), to protect the grapes. The colors worn that night are purple and green. The atmosphere is lively to say the least and where there used to be 3 Fin bars in "Fintown" now there only stands one, The Cinz. That is the center of the march 16th St. Urho's party.

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    granite mountain memorial

    by EllenH Written Mar 19, 2006

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    Worth the few minutes to drive uphill on main st. to the top of the Berkely pit just to see it, but once you are there, there is a memorial to the miners that were killed in June of 1917 in a mine fire. Their names are all etched in the stones that pave the path and there are memorials and their story overlooking the pit. 168 men died in the granite/speculator fire. Evidently one of the most up to date ventilation systems for a mine of the time, ironically contributed to their deaths because of the fire.

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    St. Patrick's Day

    by EllenH Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    This is the biggest day of the year in Butte, Montana. It probably fuels the economy for the next 3 months. There are more then a few bars in uptown Butte and you owe it to yourself to check them out and pick your favorite. Ours was far and away the Silver Dollar. It had the best music and the nicest crowd. Guinness around town varied from 3 to 4 dollars a pint.
    The M&M pub has been there open 24 hours a day since 1890. It closed its doors for good a few years ago, making the need for a lock apparent again. BUT, a few years ago it re-opened and now is continuing the tradition. Here is a wonderful page explaining its history http://www.butteamerica.com/mm.htm

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    "Welcome to Red Wood!" Outdoor Theatre Play

    by butte Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    -Unfortunately due to a lack of funding and a fall apart with the two production companies this show was canceled. It was sure to be a great show, however we will all never know.-

    A local writer, has written a great play to be performed this summer, in Whitehall, MT. The play titled "Welcome to Red Wood!" is an outdoor western. It'll be a great show! Especially because it'll be performed under the stars in beautiful Montana. The dates are Aug. 1-2-6-7-8-9-13-14-15-16. It is sure to be a great play! There will also be a folk band performing the music live! For more information go to the website listed below.

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    Butte has something to do for...

    by butte Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Butte has something to do for almost everything imaginable. Butte is the recreation hub for all of southwest Montana, and recreations include, mountain biking, hiking, photography, skiing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. A few good cultural and historic places to check out would be the Berkeley Pit, Our Lady of the Rockies, Piccadilly Museum of Transportation, Mai Wah, Anselmo Mine Yard, Mineral Museum, and the Dumas Brothel Museum to name a few. Also there is tons of golf courses in the area.

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    If your in town during an...

    by butte Updated Dec 15, 2002

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    If your in town during an event at the Mother Lode theater you have to drop in and see it. Some say that the Mother Lode Theater is the most elegant theater in the west. It was renovated a few years ago and brings in Broadway plays every season.

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    Nature Trail

    by JessieLang Written Jun 14, 2009

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    Ulrich/Schotte Nature Trail is a two-mile paved trail through wetlands. It starts at the Visitor Center. No cost.

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