Centerville. Mile High, Mile Deep.
Butte neighborhoods. We've heard and read about all of them. Dublin Gulch. McQueen. Meaderville. Centerville. One of the last neighborhoods to survive the advance of mining interests and the growth of the Berkeley Pit over the years, Centerville still stands proudly with many families having roots planted generations ago living in houses once occupied by their great-grandparents. Centerville is proud.
Mile High, Mile Deep
One of the most visible things on the landscape of the Butte Hill is the Mountain Con mine headframe, proudly bearing the "Mile High, Mile Deep" moniker. The Con was one of many Centerville claims over the years, the first being made in 1864 by G.O. Humprhreys and William Allison. This was only the third mining claim in Silver Bow County. Mining in Centerville originally centered on placer but would later include silver, gold and eventually copper. Future claims would include the Buffalo Mine, the Green Mountain Mine, the Gray Rock Mine, the Snoozer, the Banker and also the Bell Diamond Mine whose headframe still stands today. The Con and the Diamond are the only two remaining Centerville headframes.
The first steel headframe was, in fact, the Diamond which was erected in 1898 and the Mountain Con would go down in Mining City history for being Butte's deepest mine and the first to go over a mile deep and was the highest producer of copper in the United States.
Now a beautiful park and trail
The area surrounding the Mountain Con has been reclaimed and is now a part of a beautiful Uptown trail system featuring a beautiful gazebo/picnic area that has become a very popular site for spring and summer weddings. The trail features many interpretive signs along the way teaching you many things about the sites you are visiting and it's associated history. You will also not find better views of the Mining City than on this trail.