Destination: Butte Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Bill McRae
June 23, 2010
To most people, Montana seems a long ways from anywhere—and, in fact, it is quite a distance from most large U.S. population centers. However, if you are looking for a unique and memorable place to hold a meeting or small convention, getting a little distance from the crowds isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Known as the “richest hill on earth” for the valuable metals mined here over the years, Butte was once one of the largest and most infamous copper mining towns in the U.S., with hundreds of saloons and brothels. And while mining is still a major part of the economy here, the town’s population is a fraction of its peak in 1917 (115,000) and is now as family friendly as anywhere in the state. To learn about the city’s history and main industry, visit The Mineral Museum, with displays of the 27.8-ounce gold nugget found in 1989 just south of Butte, and a 400-pound smoky quartz crystal. Spend an afternoon really understanding the roots of the region, and what it means to truly be a mining town.
The city’s mining history is on fascinating display at the World Museum of Mining, which preserves a once-active mining claim with more than 50 authentic structures, plus a replica of a frontier mining camp. Other museums include the Mai Wah, which tells the story of Butte’s Chinese miners and workers with the help of oral accounts and recovered artifacts, and the Dumas Brothel, which preserves Butte’s longest-operating bordello, a bit more sultry of a history lesson.