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The population of Butte is approximately 33,941 (1997).

Butte is positioned 45.98 degrees north of the equator and 112.51 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Butte elevation is 5,549 feet above sea level.

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Butte location: in southwestern Montana. Butte is about 64 miles from Helena, the state capital, and 82 miles from Bozeman. Missoula is about 119 miles away and Billings 224 miles.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Butte is seasonal with cold winters. Since the altitude is higher, you might sunburn more easily. During the summer, mosquitoes and other biting critters may be a problem in lake and river areas. Always bring something warm to wear at night, even in the warm summer months.
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Butte history:

Butte had it beginnings as a booming silver camp. Once the sought-after silver ore became lower grade, copper ore was discovered. The copper mines were developed slower than the silver mines and many fortunes were won and lost and many battles for dominance were fought over the riches. It was said of Butte that it sat on top of "the richest hill on earth." Not only was copper and silver mined, but along with them came gold and other metals. Mined for over 100 years, the ores seem to be inexhaustible. Though the mining camp atmosphere has gone from Butte, copper mining still plays an important role in the area economy.
The settling of Butte: 1864
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Butte attractions:

The Copper King Mansion
219 W. Granite St.
Butte, Montana
Phone: (406) 723-7580
This mansion, built in 1888, was the 32 room home of Senator W.A. Clark from the early mining days. It has been restored with special emphasis on the frescoed ceilings and walls, stained-glass windows and nine hand-carved fireplaces and more.

World Museum of Mining and Hell Roarin' Gulch
W. Park St.
Butte, Montana
Phone: (406) 723-7211
This indoor and outdoor museum shows you what a "roaring" mining town was really like, plus many displays of mining memorabilia.

Arts Chateau
321 W. Broadway
Butte, Montana
Phone: 406-723-7600
A community art center and museum housed in the original home of Charles Clark, son of the Copper King, W.A. Clark. The home was built in 1898.

Mineral Museum
Mt. Tech Campus
Phone: 406-496-4414
Over 1,300 minerals from all over the world, including the 27.5 ounce Highland goldnugget, found south of Butte in the Highlands Mountains.

Our Lady of the Rockies
gift shop: 434 North Main
Butte, Montana
Phone: 406-782-1221
3,500 feet above Butte, on the Continental Divide, this 90 foot statue stands as a tribute to women, particularly to mothers. A bus tour takes visitors to the base of the statue. Please call ahead for reservations.

United States High Altitude Sports Center
1 Olympic Way
Butte, Montana
The center hosts competitions and is a training center for world class athletes. When not scheduled, the center is open to the public free of charge.
To check availability or for more information, please contact us at:
P.O. Box 3208
Butte, MT 59703
Phone: 406-723-7060

The Berkeley Pit Visitor Center
off Continental Drive.
An observation stand is open more of the year, except winter, during daylight hours. Coin operated telescopes are available to look more closely. Please check with the local chamber of commerce for more details.
The Berkeley Pit, started in 1955, was the largest truck-operated open pit copper mine in the USA until mining ceased in 1982. The pit is 7000 feet long, 5,600 feet wide and more than 1,800 feet deep. The pit is gradually filling with water through underground sources.

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