Anaconda sprang up when the giant Anaconda Copper Mining Company of Butte needed a smelter for its vast amounts of copper ore. "Copper King" Marcus Daly chose the site in 1882 because of the ample supply of water and limestone nearby. Smelting operations were suspended in 1980, but "The Stack" remains an important landmark and state park. Clearly visible from the Interstate the smoke stack stands 585 feet tall, one of the tallest freestanding masonry structures in the world. Located on the Pintler Scenic Route, Montana Scenic Highway 1 takes you over mountain passes from Anaconda to Philipsburg and along the shores of scenic Georgetown Lake. The peaks of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness form the backdrop. Anaconda is a winter gateway community for the Discovery Basin Ski Area and Mount Haggin cross-country ski area. Stop and visit the Old City Hall Copper Village Museum and Art Center or the ornate Washoe Theater to learn of the city's rich history. For golf enthusiast visit Old Works Golf Course and play Montana's only Jack Nicklaus Signature course and enjoy a truly challenging experience. Relax and have fun in beautiful Washoe Park with its outdoor swimming pool, baseball field, tennis court, playground, picnic areas and fish hatchery. Nearby attractions include Fairmont Hot Springs with an 18-hole golf course and hot spring resort, and Lost Creek State Park where spectacular limestone cliffs rise 1,200 feet above the canyon floor. The National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s list of heritage properties worthy of preservation, includes four historic districts in Anaconda: the Anaconda Commercial Historic District, the Butte, Anaconda, and Pacific Railway Historic District, the Goosetown Historic District and the West Side Historic District. Explore these neighborhoods and look for the interpretive markers that tell you more about their history and architecture.