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In Butte, we’re proud of our history, arts and cultural life. In fact, much of Butte’s Uptown is on the National Historic Landmark Register. Here are a few stops that will give you a taste of Butte’s halcyon era.

OLD NO. 1 TROLLEY TOURS
The fastest and most colorful way to learn about Butte is a Trolley Tour. In about two hours, you’ll see where the characters, famous folk, miners and scoundrels lived and worked. Plus, you’ll hear how they made Butte the lively, urban center it was.

HISTORIC THEATRES
At the height of its wealth, Butte had seven theatres that wouldn’t have been out of place on Broadway. Today, the Mother Lode is the sole survivor, but what a survivor it is: beautifully restored with crystal-clear acoustics, it continues to welcome big-name acts. Winner of the national Coming Up Taller Award for its children’s theatre.

 

 

HISTORIC CHURCHES
Butte has many beautiful places of worship. Two – St. Lawrence Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church – have remarkable frescoes. The St. Lawrence frescoes were painted in 1906. Cared for by volunteers, the church is open to visitors on Friday and Sunday afternoons in the summer and by special arrangement. The vibrant, elaborate Serbian Orthodox frescoes may be seen during reasonable hours all year long.

STAMP MILLS
A stop at the Lexington Stamp Mill will give you a quick lesson in how big chunks of rock become dime-sized pieces of ore. At one time, nine stamp mills thundered all over “The Hill.”

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
Uptown is filled with fine, well-preserved examples of early 20th century architecture. The Courthouse and Silver Bow Center (next-door) are two of the finest. Most historic buildings are marked by handsome, brushed aluminum signs, which make self-guided walking tours easy and informative.

OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES
There’s no better place to get a bird’s-eye view of Butte than from Our Lady of the Rockies. This half-day tour winds up mountain roads high above town to “Our Lady.” About the size of the Statue of Liberty, Our Lady was built by blue-collar volunteers. It’s a great trip and an inspiring story.

GRANITE MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL After the U.S. entered World War I, demand for copper for the war effort had every mine in Butte working to capacity. Near midnight on June 8, 1917, a fire broke out at the 2,400-foot level of the Granite Mountain mine. It quickly spread to the neighboring Speculator mine. Fire, smoke and gas claimed 168 miners. Incredibly, 31 survived. The memorial, built in 1996, features letters to families from the fallen miners, a reproduction of the story in the Butte newspaper, and the names of the miners who gave their lives. The floor of the memorial is paved with bricks bearing families’ remembrances.