Explore Butte, Montana’s, unique history as a major copper mining town and urban center in the early West using this website and free mobile app. Discover the stories of Butte’s miners, the labor movement in the “Gibraltar of Unionism,” the immigrants and their ethnic neighborhoods, the Copper King wars, the lives of women, the environmental impact of decades of mining, and the city’s remarkable architecture. Using an interactive GPS-enabled map, you can take virtual or physical walking tours of historic sites. Story of Butte provides curated articles with historical information, photographs, documentary videos, audio interviews, oral histories, and bibliographic citations.

About Us

Story of Butte is a project of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization.


Sponsors who make this project possible include:

  • Humanities Montana
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Montana Historical Society National Register Sign Program
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Butte Convention and Visitors Bureau

Privacy Policy

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization operate the Story of Butte website and app. Whenever you use Story of Butte, we collect basic information that your browser or device sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser or device version, content that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics. If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us.