Days Inn Butte
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... Pit Mine. Went there and saw mine from observation deck. Anaconda Company had underground mines in area for years and then started the open pit mine in 1955. It operated until 1982. In 1983 they shut down the underground mine pumps and bottom is filled with 41 billion gallons of water. Pit measures 7,000 by 5,600 feet. Very impressive.
Had gourmet dinner (in Butte??) in ...
Also, we went into an old bank which had the largest vault you could ever imagine. The door alone the told us weighed over 2000 tons, and it took about 30 horses to pull it up the road to the bank!
After dinner we made our last stop at an icon of the downtown, a little Irish Pub called Maloney's. While sipping a very cold Guinness, we met an 81 year old man after he insisted on buying our round. We discovered that ...
... there is a trail to the "Berkeley Pit Overlook" but it was open for guided tours only. Oh well. We took a few pictures of what we could see (interesting old superstructures that supported the elevators down into the old underground mines, the historic district of Butte -- old buildings and such, and the surrounding scenery). An interesting, but kind of depressing old town...
We made our way back down the hill, found I-90 again, and pushed on towards Missoula.
... hours in and we pull into Butte for the night. Tomorrow just a boring drive down the Interstate to Glendive then back to the country of our birth. This will be this blog last entry, thank you for coming along for the ride, it has been a pleasure bringing it to you.
Until our next adventure beckons, good night from the road.
... to Butte for a night of chores getting laundry done, but also swimming and seeing the new Spiderman movie. A much needed chill day all-in-all.
From Butte it was time to keep heading north. We took care of an oil change in Missoula after 5000 miles of driving! All the towns in Montana are relatively small, but they are clean and full of all the same stores we are used to seeing. Western Montana has lot’s more usable ...