National Parks trip – to Butte, MT?


Butte, MT is not on most people’s list of places to visit when going to National Parks.  In fact, it is not of most people’s list of places to visit period.  It is, however, halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.  We decided to break up an over eight hour drive by spending the night at the Copper King Mansion, now a bed and breakfast in Butte, MT.

According to Wikipedia, the Copper King Mansion is a 34-room residence of Romanesque Revival Victorian Architecture that was built from 1884 to 1888 as the residence of William Andrews Clark, one of Montana’s three famous Copper Kings.  We stayed in the Master Suite.  The owners, Erin and Pat, were very gracious and knowledgeable about the mansion and its restoration and upkeep.  After a delicious breakfast and a full tour of the mansion, we continued on to Glacier National Park.

Copper mining in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was done by pit mining with headframes, the structural frame above the underground mine shaft.  Open pit mining – the Berkeley Pit – did not occur until the mid-twentieth century and was closed in 1982.

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