2001 Mining History Association Field Trip
12th Annual Conference, June 14-17, 2001
This Photo Gallery is composed of updated photos from Butte taken in 2011 at the time of the Dillon, Montana Annual Conference. The photos of the Berkeley Pit in Gallery 2 were taken in 1993. At that time, the pit was approximately half full of runoff and drainage from the mines. The water level has subsequently reached a much higher level. Additional galleries of photos taken during the 2011 field trips to the Philipsburg, Bannack, and Virginia City mining districts are available on the Dillon Conference Web page.
PHOTO GALLERY 1
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The Anselmo Mine headframe and mine yard were visited during the Mining History Association’s 2001 afternoon tour of Butte.
The Original Mine headframe overlooks city of Butte. The mine yard is now the venue for summertime ethnic festivals and concerts.
The Mountain Con Mine boasts that it is “A Mile High and a Mile Deep.”
The Steward Mine headframe and mine yard.
The headframe of the Granite Mountain Mine is surrounded by dumps from the Berkeley Pit. The view is from the Miners Memorial that honors the 2,500 men that lost their lives in mining-related incidents in Montana from 1870 to 1983.
A granite plaque in the Miners Memorial portrays the horrific 1917 fire at the Granite Mountain and Speculator Mines that killed 168 Butte miners. It remains the most deadly hard rock mining disaster in the U. S.
Lexington Mine headframe and mine yard in the Walkerville neighborhood.
The Alice, now reclaimed, was the first open pit in Butte. It proved the feasibility of using open pit methods on lower grade ores. Its success led to the development of the huge Berkeley Pit.