At 5,484 feet, Butte is the "other" Mile High City. During its mining heyday in the early 1900s, Butte was known as the "Richest Hill on Earth" because of the vast amount of copper that was mined here. During that time, Butte boasted a population of nearly 100,000.
Now, with a population of about 34,000, our southwestern Montana town celebrates both its historical mining past as well as its current growth in a variety of fields including high tech, engineering, health care, education and cultural arts. The World Museum of Mining is a must-see tourist attraction that truly captures the flavor and feel of Butte in its mining heyday. A favorite "lunch box" special for the early miners was a pasty, a meat and potato-stuffed pastry brought to Butte by Cornish settlers. It's still a favorite meal today!
Today, Butte is home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States with 4,500 buildings listed as national historic sites or buildings.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains and bordered by the Continental Divide to the east, Butte offers a variety of year-round outdoor activities including hiking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, horseback riding, and fishing.
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