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All About Butte

Enjoy a variety of activities near Butte, Montana.

Butte, Montana lies in the northern Rocky Mountains on the Continental Divide.

In the late 1800s, prospectors came in search of gold and silver, and they found it. Yet, it wasn't until the demand for copper grew--thanks to the advent of electricity--that Butte became one of the biggest copper boomtowns in the country. Referred to as "Richest Hill on Earth," Butte was the largest city west of the Mississippi. Men traveled from all over the country and the world to work the copper mines of Butte.

From the end of the 19th century to the end of World War II, the mines continued to produce and wealth continued to flow into town. Changing markets and the switch to open pit mining in the 1950s led to the end of the mining boom in Butte.

Today, Butte's historic past is evident in Butte's uptown district, with it's stunning examples of Victorian architecture and stately mansions. Butte's trolleys, which tour the town's historic sites, also reflect the Butte's past.

When you stay at Toad Hall Manor, you'll want to make sure you visit a few of Butte's unique attractions. Here are a few of our favorites.

World Museum of Mining

The World Museum of Mining exists to preserve the history of mining culture found in Butte and the surrounding areas. The museum is located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. Here, you can take an underground mine tour of the Orphan Girl Mine and visit dozens of exhibits related to Butte's mining past.
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The Berkeley Pit

The Berkeley Pit, near the Continental Divide, is a former open pit copper mine. It demonstrates the adverse effects of years of open pit mining practices. Stand on the Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand and gaze at a landscape deeply connected to its history. It's good to know that, just as the community supported mining in the past, so it supports environmental restoration today.

Our Lady of the Rockies

Our Lady of the Rockies is a majestic 90-foot statue of the Virgin Mary, situated atop the Continental Divide, overlooking Butte. It's the fourth largest statue in the United States. It is intended to be a monument to women everywhere, and especially to mothers.
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Outdoor Activities

Finally, don't overlook the wide variety of outdoor activities in the Butte area. The surrounding Rockies are the perfect place for cross-country skiing, down-hill skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and hiking. And, if golf is your outdoor adventure, you can walk from the manor to Butte Country Club in less than five minutes and play a challenging 18 holes (par 70), with the Rockies in the background.

More Information

For more information on all that Butte and the surrounding areas have to offer, feel free to contact us at your convenience.