Butte, Montana, nestled in the Rocky Mountains at 5,545 feet, hosts classic architecture, a vibrant past, and an abundance of colorful characters. The massive copper ore deposits underlying the town earned it the nickname "The Richest Hill on Earth," and Butte was the nation's major supplier of copper that helped electrify the world. Also shown here is Butte's early adoption of innovative ideas and technologies, a practice that kept the city thriving despite the vagaries of the mining industry. The enduring spirit of its people, however, lends Butte an exuberant character. Unlike other mining towns, Butte had the audacity to survive, and its rich history and forward thinking will ensure its existence for many generations to come. Today statuesque gallows frames stand testament to Butte's mining past, along with a historic town center that reminds people of that era's prosperity.
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Authors Ellen Crain and Lee Whitney present here a wellspring of vintage photographs culled from the Butte-Silver Bow Archives, the main county repository of historic records and documents for the Butte area. These stirring images show the city in the early 1900s, when it had nearly 100,000 residents--the largest city between Minneapolis and Spokane, and a uniquely cosmopolitan one in an agricultural state.