Northwest-Big Butte Neighborhood

The Northwest-Big Butte Neighborhood occupies the northwest corner of the National Historic Landmark District just below the 500-foot-tall Big Butte, the conical extinct volcanic plug from which the city takes its name. The neighborhood includes 482 buildings. In addition to houses, these include 30 commercial buildings, a modern school, the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Church and its ancillary parish buildings, and the Butte Water Company's West Side Reservoir and Pumping Station. Eighty-nine percent of the buildings in the neighborhood were constructed between 1890 and 1920, and a strong 85% of neighborhood properties contribute to the significance of the Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark District.

The bright white façade of this stunning church, prominently located beneath Big Butte, serves as a beacon proclaiming the heart of Butte’s west side Catholic community. The Immaculate Conception Parish was created from the overflowing St. Patrick and St. Lawrence O’Toole parishes in 1906. The…
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