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|Welcome to Butte, Montana
Butte is a city in Montana and the county seat of Silver Bow County. Butte began it's history as a mining town, from camp to boomtown and then into a fine city grounded in historic preservation and environmental consciousness. Despite the dominance of the Anaconda Company, Butte has never been a "company town"; prides itself on it's architectural diversity and a heiritate of rough-and-tumble individualism that the West is known for.
Butte was Montana's largest city until 1960, and in it's heyday in the late 19th century held it's claim as one of the largest and most notorious copper boomtowns in America.From 1880 through 2005, the mines of the Butte district have produced more than 9.6 million metric tons of copper, and tons of other precious metals including over 2 million ounces of gold. It is from this rugged pioneering history that the residents of Butte draw on for their wealth in spirit. The uptown area of Butte has in recent years gone through a revitalization, breathing new life into the old mining history of the town; is part of the largest National Historic Landmark Disctrict in the United States with nearly 6,000 contributing properties.
|Festivals and Events
Butte is also home to many festivals and events throughout the year including the annual celebration of Butte's Irish heritage as part of the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities, a tribute to daredevils during the Knievel Days, as well as the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the state! If you are visiting Butte a great way to see the area and learn more about it's history is on the Trolley. In about 2 hours, you'll see where characters, famous folks, miners, and scoundrels lived and worked. Plus, you'll hear how they made Butte the lively urban
center it was.