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Anaconda, nestled by forests and
sweeping vistas of Montana's Rocky Mountains, is surrounded on three sides
by the Continental Divide. Serving as the southern gateway to the
picturesque Pintlar Scenic Route, it is a popular year-round destination
point for both outdoor enthusiasts and American history buffs.
Anaconda is named after the mining company it
once served, although most of the evidence of the town's 20th century
smelting operations have since been removed. Anaconda Smoke Stack State
Park, located on the eastern edge of the city, commemorates the town's early
role in copper mining. The smoke stack is considered to the largest
free-standing brick structure in the world and towers almost 600 feet.
The Copper King Express Excursion Train offers
an ideal way to see the countryside surrounding the cities of Anaconda and
Butte. The train traces the route of the original 19th and 20th century
electric-run mining trains through historic Durant Canyon.
Anaconda's Old Works Golf Course is evidence
of the considerable changes that have taken place since the smelting
operation was closed in the 1980s. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the 18-hole
public golf course has been noted as one of the best in the nation.
Wildlife viewing and hiking are popular
outdoor activities in the Anaconda area. Mount Hagglin Wildlife Management
Area is home to herds of elk and is a favorite location for camping and
This area of
Southwestern Montana also is known for its prime
skiing and snowmobile opportunities. Nearby ski areas and backcountry
groomed trails afford plenty of opportunities for both Nordic and alpine
Best selection of books on the
the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness by Mort Arkava and Morton L. Arkava.
Paperback; 139 pages; Publisher: Mort Arkava, February 7, 2000.
The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness straddles the Continental Divide for over 30
airline miles in southwestern Montana.
by W. C. McRae, Judy Jewell
February 2002, 5th edition, Paperback,
480 pages, (guidebook)
Filled with upscale resorts and restaurants and
more low-to-mid-priced lodgings and dining options, this guide also contains
vignettes on the theatrical career of Calamity Jane and how Meriwether Lewis
named the prairie dog.
Montana Atlas & Gazetteer
Paperback, 96 pages,
Montana Adventure Guide
Rowles 550 pages.
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