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Butte, Montana

Butte, Montana is located midpoint between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, on Interstate Highway 90. Surrounded by numerous turn-of-the century historic landmarks, this former boom town is a quaint reminder of Montana's early history as the mining capitol of the U.S.

Known affectionately as "the Richest Hill on Earth", Butte owes its origins to the 19th and 20th century gold, silver and copper mining industry. The city streets are still marked by the giant metal headframes that served to raise and lower miners into the underground mines.

There are numerous historic buildings in Butte that are open to public viewing. The Copper King Mansion and Charles W. Clark Chateau both tell the family legacy of one of Butte's most famous mining tycoons, Senator WA Clark. The Silver Bow County Court House mirrors the ornate and ostentatious tastes of Butte's early 20th century lifestyle and provides a glimpse into Butte's heyday as one of the richest cities in the state.

The remnants of Butte's Red Light District, which operated until approximately 1980 can still be seen in its famous Venus Alley. The Dumas Brothel has since been converted to a museum and is open for tours.

Other interesting attractions include the city's various old mines, including the Anselmo underground mine and the Beverly Pit open pit mine, both of which lie within about a mile of Butte's historic district.

The city is surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, which straddles Montana's Continental Divide and is considered one of the state's best regions for fly fishing. Numerous blue-ribbon streams populate the national forest, which also features locations for hiking, camping, Nordic and alpine Skiing.

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