Butte - Places to Go, Things to See
Butte offers a huge variety of activities and adventure for everyone that enters the boundaries of this community. Everyone will be able to find something they like to fill up a day and then some.
If you want to learn about Butte and have a great time doing so, then catch
up to the Old No. 1 Trolley Tours. This two-hour tour is one of the fastest
ways to learn about the community and it's origin. You'll see how miners and
scoundrels lived and worked and how they were instrumental in making Butte
the community it is today. Copper King Mansion is about Copper King William
A. Clark, an instrument in the history of Butte. Much of this home remains with the original woodwork, architecture, furniture and other artifacts.
Paying tribute to the Asian history of Butte and the Rocky Mountain West, is the Mai Wah and Wah Chong Tai buildings. Located on Mercury Street, adjacent to China Alley, this historical building is a former mercantile and doodle parlor. It now houses exhibits of the Asian history.
Mineral Museum is the place for anyone interested in geology. Here you'll see rare crystal and rock formations on displayed with many of the pieces coming from the ground around and below Butte. If you enjoy the Mineral Museum, you'll also like the World Museum of Mining at 155 Museum Way. On this 44-acre museum, you'll see a preserved historic mine with a 100-foot head frame that visitors can explore. More than 50 structures and thousands of historic relics help to recreate this mining town.
The Granite Mountain Memorial pays tribute to the 168 miners that died in a
fire at the 2,400 foot level of the Granite Mountain Mine in 1917, which
also spread to the Speculator mine. This memorial was built in 1996 and
features a reproduction of the original story from the Butte newspaper,
letters to families from the fallen miners, and the names of the miners who
perished in the fire. Bricks featuring the families' remembrances pave the floor of the memorial.
Butte has two spectacular churches in the community to visit. The St.
Lawrence Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church have frescoes that have
drawn the interest of visitors for years. Painted in 1906, the St. Lawrence
frescoes church is open on Friday and Saturday afternoons in the summer for
visitors. The frescoes at the Serbian Orthodox Church may be viewed during
reasonable hours throughout the year.
The Mother Lode Historic Theaters is the only one of seven theaters still in operation in Butte. This theatre has been restored with crystal-clear acoustic and still displays big-name acts. For its children's theatre, the Mother Lode was named the winner of the national Coming Up Taller Award.
After touring Butte from within the city's edges, you'll want to travel to 3100 Harrison Avenue and get a bird's-eye view of Butte from Our Lady of the Rockies. Your tour will take about a half-day as you travel through the winding mountain roads high above the town. Our Lady stands about the same size as the Statue of Liberty and was built by blue-collar volunteers. This tour gives visitors great scenery and an inspiring story of Our Lady of the Rockies.
Sites, dining and shopping are in abundance in Butte and visitors will find plenty to see and do while visiting this community.
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