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walkaboutwest on November 13, 2007

I was about to mention the Berkley pit, but Dann's beat me to it. Funny how a gigantic, unsightly hole in the ground filled with billions of gallons of toxic waste is a tourist attraction, but in Butte, Montana, it is, really!

Dann Cianca on November 13, 2007

And possibly a cure for cancer!


Marilyn Whiteley on November 14, 2007

I will refrain from saying, "Well, what other tourist attractions do they have in Butte?" Actually I know my water-resource-engineer husband would love to visit the Berkley pit. (You wouldn't believe how many dams we managed to visit in the Southwest!)

Dann Cianca on November 14, 2007

You don't have to refrain from saying it, Marylin, Butte is a fascinating place to visit. The city was a booming mining town circa 1900 and is filled with culture and history. Tourist attractions include Our Lady of the Rockies, The World Museum of Mining, The Mai Wah Museum, The Dumas Brothel Museum, The Copper King Mansion, the Uptown Historic District as well as tons of left-over mining relics. To top it off, it's situated in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains and Montana's famous Big Sky!


Marilyn Whiteley on November 15, 2007

Thanks for the links, Dann. I'm sorry to read about the deterioration of the brothel museum. I'm interested in women's history and have read a good book on women and family in Helena; it has an interesting chapter on prostitution there. (And no, I'm not kidding; I do read this stuff, and write some, too, though not about prostitution.)


Dann Cianca on November 15, 2007

It really is a shame in Butte, Marilyn. Many of the historic uptown buildings are derelect and defaced. I think if I had a billion dollars, I'd just go back and fix it all up!


walkaboutwest on November 15, 2007

You are right about the buildings in Butte, Dann. My oldest friend is an archeologist active in historic preservation living there. She says the city government has no concept of what a treasure trove of western history the historic district of Butte is. She says they try hard to avoid scrutiny of their "modernization" projects and sometimes they even knock contested buildings down at night if they think someone might try to stop them. It just kills her.

Dann Cianca on November 16, 2007

It really is a shame. Any other place in the United States, Butte's uptown would be an amazing cornerstone for historic preservation and development. The city government is so inbred and nepotistic that the only things that seem to be accomplished is to dump money into the binge-drinking Evel Knievel Daze and try to lure more casinos to town. It's sad, really.

Haha, Marylin, I'm really not talking the place up that well anymore!


Marilyn Whiteley on November 16, 2007

Well, Dann and Eve, it's sad but the conversation is interesting, and the phenomenon is all too common.


ktienhaara on June 30, 2008

Hi Marilyn, I am writing to ask permission to use your photo for the cover of my PhD thesis. My thesis is on foreign investment and environmental policy in developing countries and a lot of my case studies were on open pit mines. Your picture would be perfect for the cover. I would only be printing about 35 copies, and it would not be sold commercially. You can reach me at kyla.tienhaara(at) Thanks!

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