Filed Under Mining History

Badger State Mine

1880-1966, 4169 Feet Deep

The Badger, like most of the works on the eastern end of the hill, was principally a copper-bearing mine. Its large deposits of zinc and lead, however, gave this mine importance during war years. Before the Berkeley Pit was excavated, dozens of other mines pierced the surrounding landscape, all of them extracting copper.

The two buildings behind the substation to the west housed huge pumps that supplied compressed air to the inner depths of the Badger and many other mines. Still visible at the Badger are the headframe, hoist house, and auxiliary hoist house. The two steel towers are called idler towers. They supported the tremendous weight of the slack hoist cables.

Images

Shift Change at the Badger-State Mine, 1951
Shift Change at the Badger-State Mine, 1951 Men coming off shift at the Badger-State Mine, including Frank Cunningham in the striped coat. Source: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives Creator: C. Owen Smithers Date: May, 1951
Badger-State Mine, 1927
Badger-State Mine, 1927 Source: World Museum of Mining Date: August 18, 1927
View of Badger-State Mine
View of Badger-State Mine The Badger-State Mine, looking to the southeast, taken around 1920. Source: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives Creator: C. Owen Smithers Date: Circa 1920
Badger-State Mine Looking Toward McQueen
Badger-State Mine Looking Toward McQueen Badger-State Mine with mine yard, looking toward the East Ridge with McQueen and East Butte neighborhoods visible in the valley below. Source: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives Creator: C. Owen Smithers
Badger-State Mine Yard
Badger-State Mine Yard View of the Badger-State Mine, looking west from the headframe toward the hoist house. This is a vertical photo. Click on the title to view the full image. Source: Library of Congress Creator: Historic American Engineering Record

Location

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Metadata

Story of Butte
Contributors: Nancy Woodruff, Butte Historical Society, “Badger State Mine,” Story of Butte, accessed May 18, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/3390.