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Old No. 1 Trolley Tours

The fastest and most colorful way to learn about Butte is by taking a city Trolley Tour on Old No. 1. In about two hours, you’ll see where the characters, famous folk, miners and scoundrels lived and worked. Plus, you’ll hear how they made Butte the lively, urban center it was. Our drivers are specially chosen based on their knowledge of Butte history and folklore, which is presented in an entertaining manner. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 406/723-3177, and reservations are recommended.
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Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand

The Berkeley Pit is a 1700’ deep hole in the ground, nearly 3 miles in circumference, and as you stand at the viewing area, the far side is about a mile away. The Pit was created over a 30 year period, beginning with block caving of some of the underground mines after WWII. By the mid-1950’s, with the availability of huge trucks and loaders, the ore was mined from the surface and milled at a concentrator just southeast of the pit. When ARCO closed all of Butte’s mines in 1982, the underground pumps at each were shut off, leaving the abandoned Pit to slowly fill with acidic water. Eventually, the water will be treated and made safe, but in the meantime, the Pit gives Butte a lake like none other, as well as giving researchers a unique challenge. Open late May through September. A small admission fee is charged. Call 406/723-3177 for hours and other information.
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Butte Silver Bow County Courthouse

The Silver Bow County Courthouse may be the state’s most accessible example of the elegant and ornate Beaux Arts (pronounced Bozar) style of public architecture that was the latest style when Montana was young and rich at the beginning of the last century. The Silver Bow County Courthouse is Link & Haire’s Butte masterpiece. Construction began to replace a dilapidated older courthouse in 1910. The new courthouse cost $482,600 and was financed by public bonds. It was completed and dedicated on the 3rd of July, 1912.
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Charles Clark Chateau Mansion

The Clark Chateau was constructed in 1898 by Copper King William A. Clark for his son Charles and his wife Katherine. The home was designed by Will S. Aldrich in the French Renaissance Revival style and was inspired by a chateau seen by the younger Clarks while on their honeymoon in Europe. The mansion is currently managed by the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and features historical exhibits. Open during the summer for tours. Call 406/490-6678 for more information.
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Copper King Mansion

In Montana High Wide and Handsome, Joseph Kinsey Howard wrote of William Andrews Clark that "never a dollar got away from him that didn't come back stuck to another..." William Andrews Clark was born January 8, 1839 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from law school, he made his way west to stake a claim near Bannack, MT, but quickly learned he was better at helping others manage their findings. He quickly amassed a growing fortune through his many mining and banking ventures, at one point having an income that was recorded at about $17 million dollars a month. When he decided to build his Butte home, the cost of the Copper King Mansion at the time, estimated at about a half-million dollars, represented a half-day's income for him. By 1900, Clark had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $50,000,000 and was considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. Tours available plus a bed and breakfast. Call 406/782-7580 for more information.
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Granite Mountain Mine Memorial

Near midnight on June 8, 1917, a fire broke out at the 2,400 foot level of the Granite Mountain Mine. It quickly spread to the neighboring Speculator Mine and a combination of fire, smoke, and gas claimed the lives of 168 miners. The memorial, built in 1996, features letters to families from the fallen miners, a reproduction of the story that ran in Butte’s newspaper, and the names of the miners who gave their lives. The plaza of the memorial is paved with bricks bearing families’ remembrances. The memorial also provides a panoramic view of the remnants of mining activities on the Butte Hill. Call 406/723-3177 for directions.
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National Historic District & Headframes

One of the largest historic landmark districts in the country, Butte offers a legacy of architectural treasures that are contemporaries of the best Victorian architecture in America’s great cities. The Uptown is filled with fine, well preserved examples of early 20th century architecture. Take a walk and read the history of Butte’s buildings on the National Historic Landmark plaques. A map of the district is available at the Butte Archives and the Butte Chamber of Commerce. Dotting the landscape and skyline of Butte are fourteen tall, black steel structures. Variously called gallows frames, gallus frames or headframes, they mark the remnants of the mines that honeycombed the Butte hill. Cables from a mine’s hoist house passed over sheave wheels at the top of the frame, lowering miners to their work, transporting mules, equipment, and supplies down the shafts, and most importantly, bringing up load after load of ore. Eight of the fourteen headframes have been outlined in red lights as part of a campaign to memorialize them and make them clearly visible at night. An excellent self-guided auto tour map is available that describes the headframes and explains their history. Call 406/723-3177 for more information.
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Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives

Learn more about Butte’s mining, labor, lifestyle and family histories. The Archives occupies a historic fire hall built in 1900 and features an inviting reading room, friendly staff, exhibits, collections, photographs, public programming, small firefighter’s museum, and rotating displays. A knowledgeable staff is available to assist with research on Butte’s rich history.
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Escapology

Teamwork is required to find clues, solve puzzles and pick locks to escape special rooms in this challenging form of entertainment. Do you have what it takes to escape?
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Lexington Stamp Mill Gardens

Located at the corner of Arizona and Granite Streets in Uptown Butte, this landmark abounds with an array of colorful flowers during the summer, while celebrating one of the city’s oldest industrial sites. In 1867, Charles Hendrie started construction of a stamp mill for crushing ore and capturing gold and silver. The mill worked the production of the famous Lexington Silver Mine further up the hill in Walkerville before being sold and moved to Pony, Montana, where the last stamp dropped on ore took place in the mid-1950’s. Local history enthusiasts brought the mill back to Butte making it the focus of a community garden in the late 1990’s.
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Mai Wah Museum

Established for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including research and public education about the history, culture, and conditions of Asian people in the Rocky Mountain West. The Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, collects and preserves artifacts, preserves historic buildings and sites, presents public exhibits, and supports research and publication of materials of scholarly and general interest.
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Montana Tech Mineral Museum

View educational displays and spectacular minerals from Montana and around the world. Prize specimens in the Montana collection include the Rheanna's Star, an incredible smoky quartz cluster and the 27.5 oz. Highland Centennial gold nugget, both found in the Butte area. Additional exhibits include a fluorescent mineral display, and an earthquake hazards display including a live seismograph.
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Old Butte Historical Adventures

A series of guided walking tours highlight details of Butte’s colorful history from the 1890’s through the 1950’s. Three different tours are offered year-round by reservation. Come see Butte from the inside-out.
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Our Lady of the Rockies

The ninety-foot statue, Our Lady of the Rockies, sits serenely atop the East Ridge keeping vigil on the community of Butte. A half-day tour on a winding mountain road presents the visitor with a spectacular view and inspiring story. The Lady was built and is maintained by volunteers and donations. The story of Our Lady is one of love, dedication, and faith.
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Butte Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is Butte’s outlet to everything for the visitor. Come in to get all the best information for your visit and view: interpretive mining displays, native animal mounts, gift shop and the George F. Grant hand tied fishing flies, known for their highly detailed, hackle weaved style, a style rarely duplicated for its intricacy and complexity.
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Pints and the Past Brewery Tour

Welcome to your not so typical tour, with your not so typical historians. Pints and the Past was founded by three history fanatics, whose goal is to leave you full with history and beer. The tour includes history of Uptown Butte with each stop being a local brewery. There you will get special deals and offers to try some of Butte’s local brewed beers. It’s tipsy history with Butte’s hysterical and historical.
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Spooks and Spirits Haunted Tours

Enjoy an interactive two-hour tour of the history of Butte’s historical verified hauntings found under the Big Sky. Small to large groups can participate in this interesting history of the Mining City’s haunted.
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Piccadilly Museum of Transportation and Advertising Art

View hundreds of unique transportation-related advertising items from the 20th Century from around the USA and countries abroad. Included in the display are signs, posters, gas pumps, old cars, railroading and Henry’s Garage.
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Ridge Waters Community Pool

Butte’s newest waterpark will open Memorial Day Weekend 2018 with a lazy river, water slide, pool, and concessions.
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Serbian Orthodox Church

Tours are available by appointment. Adorning the walls and ceilings are hand-painted frescos depicting Scripture in color as they visually convey the word of God. Separating the altar from the nave is the hand-carved Iconostasis Screen, built in Belgrade, Serbia.
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World Museum of Mining

Explore more than 50 structures, ranging from the 100-foot headframe of the Orphan Girl Mine to the re-creation of a mining camp Hell Roarin’ Gulch. Half the museum’s displays focus on the culture and ethnic history of an 1880’s to 1920’s mining town, while the other half provides a detailed look at the history of mining technology. Built on an actual historic mine site, the museum offers a unique underground mining tour.
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The Science Mine

Science enthusiasts of all ages can come and explore the interactive exhibits on display. Explore a hands-on science and discovery learning center where interactive displays and science concepts are showcased.
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Spirit of the Columbia Gardens Carousel

A Carousel of 35 Horses (open 250 days a year), containing a conference room, Coaster Café, large gift shop, museum carving room, paint room, and restrooms.
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Knights of Columbus Hall

The KC is the proud home of Butte’s Sports Picture Gallery, with more than 1,000 pictures covering 100+years of Butte Sports Teams and individuals. Generations of Butte families are represented, along with Butte’s most memorable coaches, athletes and championships. Call 406/490-8867 for more information.
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