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Butte’s gold rush past is evident in its vintage signs, historic buildings and numerous trolleys and tours devoted to the memory of mining days. Its historic landmark district boasts some of the country’s best collections of Victorian architecture as well as preserved gems from the early 20th century. Beyond its history, though, Butte has a wealth of activities and attractions to offer, from outdoor adventures in the surrounding wilds to arts and culture in the city’s museums and galleries.
World Museum of Mining: The museum has many features: an underground mine tour; the mine yard of buildings, tools, and machinery; a mining town re-creation of buildings and artifacts; a mineral and rock room; a doll and dollhouse exhibit; a fallen miner memorial; and other artifacts. We are so glad that we took advantage of all that the museum has to offer. The underground mine tour is with a group. The guide is terrific! The rest of the museum is toured on your own at your own pace. We recommend this stop on your trip! The story of America’s industrial power, especially in the war years from 1917 – 1945 can be seen in the mining exhibits at the World Museum of Mining. It includes cultural as well as technological features and reminds us of how the Butte mines not only helped America move into electrification. Excellent experience.
Dumas Brothel Museum: The Dumas Brothel is in the heart of the old Red-Light district in Uptown Butte, Montana USA. Built in 1890, the Dumas’ sole purpose was to serve the predominately male population that sprang out of Butte’s mining boom. As a house of prostitution, it operated for 92 years until its closure in 1982, making it America’s longest running brothel. It is the only brothel remaining in Butte Montana, the Dumas is now a museum & antique shop. Tours of the Dumas brothel are available year-round, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dumas is also the last vestige of the Victorian Brothel style architecture existing in the United States today. Since 2012, the new owners have been diligently working to preserve, restore, and protect the 126-year-old iconic structure from meeting its demise. Butte’s Red-Light district was the largest and most expansive in the West and visiting the Dumas Brothel recalls a time when vice was key to Butte’s rise to prominence, second only to its success as a mining metropolis. Amazing stop in Butte. Such an important part of the mining history. These owners have taken on a labor of love to restore this building. Colleen gave us so much information about the background of the brothel and the surrounding area. In time it is to be fully restored as a B&B!
Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens: Uptown Butte on the corner of Granite and Arizona streets. Historic Stamp Mill (ore crushing machine) it’s interesting to read the panels about the history of this area. There is also a butterfly flower display that replicates the one at the former Columbia Gardens. The history of the buildings, the mines and the mineral wealth generated is amazing. The architecture is interesting, each building more ornate than the next in an era of a practical approach to providing shelter.
Copper King Mansion: The craftsmanship, especially by the wood carvers and plasterers, is outstanding. Inlaid parquet floors in rosewood and mahogany and oak; pocket doors using different woods on each side, so they match the room they face, when closed; plaster medallions embossed into the wainscoting; carved newel posts of solid oak; hand-carved medallions of birds and plants representing every country in the world when the house was built, in 1888. There’s stained glass and etched glass and beveled glass, all of it in great shape. The house is privately owned and operates as a B&B. The tour includes the bathroom with a birdcage shower, and the ballroom, now packed with eclectic historic items collected by the current owners in Butte. This gem tells a story of William A. Clark, one of the three “Copper Kings” of Butte’s late 1800 to early 1900 heyday, and the times in which he lived and helped create. If you’re any kind of a history buff, you won’t regret it. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and may even assist you in finding local flavor at other establishments in Butte, including restaurants, other historical landmarks, and night time entertainment.
A flight from Tampa to Helena Airport will enable you to drive to Butte and enjoy the unique features of butte. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300 and Travelkatz will help you have a great vacation.
Montana State Capital: Helena
Helena, Montana takes its name from Saint Helena, Minnesota. Many of the miners who inhabited the town in the 1860s were from Minnesota, and so, when discussing possible names, began throwing around the names of their hometowns. The names Winona and Rochester were also discussed, as were Pumpkinville and Squashtown (the meeting took place on the day before Halloween), but, in the end, Helena won out.
Helena is the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. It was founded as a gold camp during the Montana gold rush, and was established in 1864. Over $3.6 billion of gold was extracted in the city limits over a duration of two decades, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the United States by the late nineteenth century. The concentration of wealth contributed to the city’s prominent, elaborate Victorian architecture. The city is served by Helena Regional Airport (HLN).
Montana WILD: is the new conservation education center located on the west side of town adjacent to the popular Spring Meadow Lake state park. It’s operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and invites visitors to enjoy the state’s outstanding fish and wildlife resources. Here you’ll find an engaging fish and wildlife exhibit, a live Montana fish aquarium, an outdoor picnic area, and all the information you need to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors. The center offers regular educational programs on a variety of topics. Montana WILD offers convenient access to the 60-acre state park where you can explore, play, swim, fish, hike, or just hang out.
Lewis & Clark: The Montana Experience: Journey back to the early 1800s and retrace the footsteps of Lewis & Clark as they journeyed through Montana. See what the Corps of Discovery saw as they traveled by foot over scenic mountains and by boat through the clear waters. Follow an etching of the Missouri River along one side of the pedestrian plaza and the Yellowstone along the other side, experiencing several of the journey’s highlights along the way. This permanent outdoor exhibit located at the Great Northern Town Center is a cooperative project with Lewis & Clark Trail Commission. Visitors to this exhibit will enjoy and learn about 19 historical sites from Montana’s Lewis & Clark Trail such as the Gates of the Mountains, Pompey’s Pillar, Great Falls/Portage and the Three Forks of the Missouri. Enormous boulders, for example, form the Interpretive Exhibit’s version of Pompey’s Pillar, complete with bison prints and a replica of Clark’s signature. The easy interpretive signage will guide you on your journey of Lewis & Clark’s Montana Experience. The outdoor exhibit is surrounded by restaurants, a Carousel, a coffee shop, a children’s museum, a cinema, shopping and the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel.
Original Governor’s Mansion: This stately Queen Anne style mansion has enjoyed both public and private roles in the history of Montana and its capital city. The history of the mansion is as much a history of the people who resided here as it is of a building. Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion, built in 1888 by Helena entrepreneur William Chessman as a symbol of his wealth and influence throughout the Helena community. The next two owners, continued the pattern of affluent living. In 1913 the State of Montana acquired this handsome brick mansion as the first official governor’s residence for nearly half a century. Between 1913 and 1959, it was home to nine Montana governors and their families.
Montana State Capitol: The Capitol is open for self-guided tours Monday-Saturday year-round from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Self-guided tour booklets are available at the information desk on the first floor of the Capitol. Discover the buildings magnificent history, ornate art, classical architecture and function as the seat of the state’s government.
Activities around Helena include:
Hiking: Helena, Montana offers over 80 miles of trails that you can access right from Downtown. These trails are part of the South Hills Trail System and are managed by the Prickly Pear Land Trust cooperatively with the City of Helena, Helena National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.
Fishing: Montana fishing is legendary. Anglers from all over the world travel to Montana to experience fly fishing. Whether your here to battle trout on your own or want someone to show you the ropes of Montana fishing, Helena has the water ways for you.
Boating: There are three wonderful water recreation lakes; Canyon Ferry is great for sailing, Hauser lake is warm, close to town with great beaches and Holter lake is great for a scenic trip and wildlife viewing.
Helena is serviced by Helena Regional Airport. It will take a connection flight from Tampa. There are several major airlines that do fly into this airport. Please let us know when you want to go and TravelKatz will put a fabulous vacation together for you and your family and friends. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
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