On February 13th, we stopped in Butte, MT, on our way from Bozeman to Missoula. We thought Butte was quite a fascinating place! It is in one way an old mining town on a steep hillside in the middle of nowhere, but at the same time and incredible vestige of beautiful urban architecture. The town was thriving just before WW1, and lots of $ was obviously flowing. The architecture is very reminiscent of NY and Chicago, with beautiful high rise buildings by famous architects. Very strange. Unfortunately, most of the old streets have been destroyed (as is the case in so many old US towns) leaving mostly dispersed buildings which are now protected. The town is quite poor now, with little visible economic activity.

Butte, MT

February 2003
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Real city streets!
 
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Unique architecture.
 
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How about spending the night?
 
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Park street.
 
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Nice detailing... rusting away.
 
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The "Copper King" mansion, also in disrepair.
 
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Main hall of an old private club house, now city hall.
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