Okay, I’m gonna try something new.
Trying to make the most of our last few months in Montana, I’m going to do a few of these “My Town Monday” posts each month, maybe every other week. I’ll make them live Sunday night if you want to link up.
I’m going to take the opportunity to share more of Butte with you, and to perhaps help myself learn more of the area I live in.
So without further adue-
I live at the top of a hill above uptown Butte. Just above the historic district. Butte is an old mining town, and the mine is still open. Currently the mine is an open pit mine, but it used to be shaft mining. There are a dozen or so headframes scattered around uptown Butte, that are now only standing as historic landmarks. A headframe is a big metal structure above a pit mine the is used to move things (people, rocks, tools) in and out of pit mines.
Starting up by my house there is a trail that runs down the hill, it’s about 3.5 miles from my house to the BA&P railroad trail. When I talk about hiking or walking the hill, this is the trail I am talking about.
Heading down Main Street, I pass the first headframe on my walk
Looking West, behind me at the first headframe I passed.
Looking south into Butte
The whole trail is littered with informational placards
panorama of the mine
Granite Mountain Memorial
walking up to Mt Con headframe
Mt Con is a mile above sea level and the mine goes a mile deep
looking down at uptown Butte