Butte MT - Mining, history, and diversity

Butte Skyline

Butte, Montana has a unique location within our state, near the continental divide at over 5,500 ft. of elevation and the crossroads of I-90 and I-15. If driving Route 2, you will come right into town.  Here there is a mix of charming neighborhoods and historic architecture.  Some of the classic architecture can be viewed at Charles Clark Chateau Mansion, Copper King Mansion, and the William A. Clark Mansion.

Butte was formed as a copper mining town and has always had mining at its core.  The industry has gone from underground mining to open pit mining.  Although mining is not the dominant industry it once was in Butte, there is still evidence of it throughout the city.

Mining brought many cultures to Butte. This is evident in the modern day celebrations and attractions.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the state and visitors come from all around to celebrate.  The Montana Irish Festival is held in August each year.  Visit the  Mai Wah Museum to learn about the Chinese culture in the area.  The German immigrants brought beer brewing to Butte, and the craft of brewing continue today at local micro-breweries.

Butte is no novice when it comes to celebrating.  Each year people come from all around for the Christmas Stroll, Butte-toberfest, Freedom Fest, the Montana Folk Festival, and Evel Knievel Days,

There is plenty to do in Butte.  Some of the favorites are to visit nearby Big Hole National Monument, World Museum of Mining, Our Lady of the Rockies, Dumas Brothel, The Granite Mountain Mine Memorial, the headframes or going out to the symphony.  Good food, drink, and live music abound in Butte.