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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