“Don’t stop in America, go straight to Butte”

The story goes that all emigrants were told this upon arriving in the United States looking for work.

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The Richest Hill on Earth made hundreds of men rich and gave high-paying jobs to thousands of immigrants from every corner of the globe. Marcus Daly arrived in Butte in 1876 to run the Alive Silver mine. It didn’t take him long to realize the silver they were extracting showed more and more copper.

In 1882 Butte produced 9 million pounds of copper. Over the next 14 years, that annual production jumped to 210 million pounds of copper.

Anaconda and Neversweat Mines townsquare

Nearly everyone in this town can tell you how the mines have shaped their family. How many generations of miners do you have in your family?

Was your family moved out of McQueen to make way for the pit?

Is someone in your house a superhero to kids everywhere, as an operator of the 240-ton‘ dump trucks’ we see on the hill every day?

It’s time for us to celebrate all miners, past and present with National Miners Day, December 6th. The World Museum of Mining will be hosting an event at the Butte Elks lodge to celebrate National Miner’s Day starting at 6pm. Doors will open at 5:30, there will be a taco bar and cheesecake from Brown Gringo Taco. There will also be live music by John Stenson as well as a silent auction.

Berkely Pit 1960s- townsquare

The proceeds from the event will benefit the World Museum of Mining and its mission to preserve and promote Butte’s rich historical legacy of mining.

For more on the event, you can see the Facebook event HERE.

Tickets can be purchased for the event HERE.

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