The Butte and Anaconda Historic District spans the three cities of Butte and Walkerville. It is home to the most resources of any U.S. National Historic Landmark District. The district includes many buildings, historic sites, and cultural resources. You can learn more about these places by visiting the Butte-Anaconda Museum and Heritage Center. The museum offers tours and other events that are free to the public.
The Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark District was established in 1989 and was subsequently expanded to include the Anaconda Regional National Heritage Area. The district was designated as a national landmark in 2004 and is the second largest in the United States. In 2012, the federal government approved plans to expand the historic district to encompass the entire town. It is home to numerous museums and galleries, as well as several historic homes, businesses, and buildings.
Butte and Anaconda also had a Chinatown. The town was founded in 1883 to serve the copper smelting industry in the area. Its Chinatown was located on Birch Street, between Front Street and East Park Avenue. The first businesses were the Sing Lee Laundry and the Tri Yeun Company. Eventually, the community became a national historic landmark, which is the status it holds today.
The town of Anaconda, Montana, is a popular destination for winter sports. The mountains are covered in trees and are breathtaking in autumn. The mountainous area is ideal for skiing. The high altitude lakes and streams are frozen from April to July, with snow melt occurring before mid-July. The fall foliage is spectacular in the upper reaches of the Anaconda-Pintlers.
The railroad has been in operation for over a century. The railroad is a major transportation hub between Butte and Anaconda. Its route connects the two towns and is the largest in the state. The rail lines in the area are 25.7 miles long, and the railroads interchange at Silver Bow. In Butte, the BA&P has a locomotive roundhouse and machine shop in town.
The railroad is still in operation. The Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway has 26 miles of main line. The railroad is a common carrier that runs copper-related traffic between the two towns. The rail company has abandoned electrification in the 1970s due to costs. The Butte, Anacondia & Pacific Railway is now a private company. Its history traces its beginnings to the mining boom in Montana.
In 1876, the EPA hired Marcus Daly to manage the Alice silver mine. In 1879, the mining company hired Daly to manage the Alice silver mine. He soon realized that the silver lodes contained copper. In addition to that, the EPA also evacuated 36 residents living east of the smelter. These residents were “constantly exposed” to the contaminated soil. This, however, led to the closure of the smelter.