Headframe in Butte, Montana
Headframes dot the uptown area of Butte, MT

Butte, Montana has more to offer than its tough mining town reputation would suggest. The historic buildings and headframes make the view unique in SW Montana. They have an underground tour that shows old speak easy’s and the underground side of Butte. It’s super fun and even shows you Eval Knievel’s jail cell.

Butte, Montana Virtual Treadmill Walking Tour – 4K City Walks and Virtual Tours of Cities

I had a job in Butte, Montana and I was able to film a couple virtual walking tours. This first one is in Uptown Butte, where most of the old buildings are located. Butte has fallen on hard times the last couple of decades but was once known as the “Richest Hill on Earth” for its copper mines and the fortunes it made. It still has its 19th Century charm even if some of the paint has chipped. Butte residents are a tough lot though and they still have many events and activities throughout the year. Give yourself a treat if you are near the junction of I-90 and i-15. It’s definitely worth a stop. Plenty of unique restaurants and bars as well as charming hotels.

Downtown street in Butte
Every corner has history in Butte, America

While native peoples lived here before, the city of Butte is and has always been a mining town. The mines attracted workers from Cornwall (England), Ireland, Wales, Lebanon, Canada, Finland, Austria, Italy, China, Montenegro, Mexico, and more. It has a rich history of organized labor.

More Walks from Butte and Anaconda:
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Butte Montana – Montana Tech to Uptown
Downtown Butte, Montana Walking Tour

From Wikipedia: Butte is the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the sole entity of Butte-Silver Bow. The city covers 718 square miles (1,860 km2), and, according to the 2010 census, has a population of 33,503, making it Montana’s fifth largest city. Established in 1864 as a mining camp in the northern Rocky Mountains on the Continental Divide, Butte experienced rapid development in the late-nineteenth century, and was Montana’s first major industrial city. In its heyday between the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, it was one of the largest copper boomtowns in the American West. Employment opportunities in the mines attracted surges of Asian and European immigrants, particularly the Irish; as of 2017, Butte has the largest population of Irish Americans per capita of any city in the United States.

The city’s Uptown Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States, containing nearly 6,000 contributing properties. Prior to Butte’s formal establishment in 1864, the area consisted of a mining camp that had developed in the early 1860s. In 1864, William L. Farlin founded the Asteroid Mine (subsequently known as the Travona); Farlin’s founding of the Asteroid Mine attracted a significant number of prospectors seeking gold and silver. The mines attracted workers from Cornwall Ireland & Wales, Lebanon, Canada, Finland, Austria, Italy, China, Montenegro, Mexico, and more. In the ethnic neighborhoods, young men formed gangs to protect their territory and socialize into adult life, including the Irish of Dublin Gulch, the Eastern Europeans of the McQueen Addition, and the Italians of Meaderville. The influx of miners gave Butte a reputation as a wide-open town where any vice was obtainable. The city’s saloon and red-light district, called the “Line” or “The Copper Block”, was centered on Mercury Street, where the elegant bordellos included the famous Dumas Brothel. Behind the brothel was the equally famous Venus Alley, where women plied their trade in small cubicles called “cribs.” The red-light district brought miners and other men from all over the region and remained open until 1982 after the closure of the Dumas Brothel; the city’s red-light was one of the last such urban districts in the United States. Commercial breweries first opened in Butte in the 1870s, and were a large staple of the city’s early economy; they were usually run by German immigrants, including Leopold Schmidt, Henry Mueller, and Henry Muntzer. The breweries were always staffed by union workers. Most ethnic groups in Butte, from Germans and Irish to Italians and various Eastern Europeans, including children, enjoyed the locally brewed lagers, bocks, and other types of beer

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