Butte, MT

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.

Granite Street

A few photos on Granite Street

Butte-Silver Bow City-County Government Building

"The Cowboy"
by Bill Clark

Butte-Silver Bow City-County Government Building

Carpenters Union Hall 1906

Broadway Street

I went photo-insane on Broadway Street

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

Covellite Theatre

View down Broadway Street

Buildings on Broadway Street

J.L. Morris Building 1898

The Laurenz Building (right)

The Kenwood Building

Hamilton Building 1892

Hamilton Building 1892

Save the Big Hole River Grayling
Mural by Roger Peet

Club 13 c. 1884

Mantle Building 1892

City Hall 1890

City Hall 1890

Uptown Cafe

Thornton Hotel 1901

Finlen Hotel 1923

Main Street

Hennessy Building (left center) 1898

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).

Hirbour Tower 1901

Hirbour Tower 1901

Metals Bank Building 1906 and
M & M Bar and Cafe

Copper Stuff and the Butte Visitor Center

A little about Butte

A sort of "Copper Park"

Copper filigree

The Silversmith Headframe

Pretty Pink House

Steel headframes on the "Richest Hill on Earth"

Panorama of "Butte Hill"

Butte Visitor Center

Lots of fishing flies

"Smalls" and "Jerry"

The ubiquitous gift shop

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