Butte is a really interesting town. It was established in 1869 as a mining town. Gold and silver eventually played out, then copper was discovered and the town really took off. Butte became the largest industrial city in Montana, and one of the largest copper boomtowns in the West. "The Richest Hill on Earth", as Butte is affectionately known, as produced tens of billions of dollars in copper, gold, and silver over the years. What really interested me was Butte's historic district, known as Uptown Butte. The Butte National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the U.S., containing some 6000 historic buildings dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Naturally I wanted to photograph all 6000, but ended up with only 20 or so during my brief time in Butte.
A few photos on Granite Street
I went photo-insane on Broadway Street
The 6-story Hennessy Building, designed by Frederick Kees, housed
Daniel Hennessy's mercantile business in what became Montana's first and most elegant department store.
The Hirbour Tower was the first skyscraper built in Montana. An internal frame of steel girders supported its 8 stories (plus a basement).
Copper Stuff and the Butte Visitor Center
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