Butte, MT a Historic Place with so Much Potential
Butte, Montana is an old mining town and used to be one of the richest places in the country, supplying over a third of all the copper for the U.S. I only spent an afternoon in Butte, but what I saw, I really enjoyed. Butte is a place with a rich history and wonderful old buildings—many converted into eclectic places like Metals Sports Bar, which is housed in the old Metals Bank. Metals Sports Bar makes use of many of the assets of the old bank building, like the safe as a seating area for special guests.
Another thing I really enjoyed about downtown Butte is that many of the old buildings still retain hand-painted billboard advertisements. And, if you’re into cemeteries like I am, the one just below downtown is incredibly opulent, especially for such a small town. I suppose it should not be a surprise given that this old mining town was once so affluent.
I could really see Butte resurrecting its lost luster if they have the right leadership and incentives in place. There are many old mining towns across the country that have successfully recreated themselves, many into artist communities with hospitable bed and breakfasts and fantastic restaurants.
Click here for a great article on the history of Butte. If you’ve ever been to this part of Montana, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts/favorite activities. It would be fun to visit Butte 10 years from now to see if any progress has been made to put this place on the tourist map.