Butte is a historic town located on the western edge of the Continental Divide in southwest Montana. It was established in 1864 as a mining camp and rapidly became Montana's first major industrial city. In fact, by the early 1920’s, the population of Butte was almost 100,000. But with the decline of the mining industry, the population has dropped to about 34,000 today. Still, Butte is a bustling city with a historic charm. The downtown offers many antique shops, restaurants, and museums. Butte is also close to outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. It is also known as a festival city: In 2007, Butte was selected to host the National Folk Festival. This festival was held in Greensboro, North Carolina. After a three-year run of the National Folk Festivals, the community transitioned the festival into the Montana Folk Festival. Come and take in the history of this beautiful town!
Butte is known for its mining history, and you can learn all about it by visiting the World Museum of Mining. The museum was founded in 1963 and is located on an actual mine yard. There are 50 exhibit buildings full of artifacts, and 66 primary exhibits in the mine yard. There are also two underground mine tour options: the 65-foot level and the 100-foot level. Not into the idea of going underground? Stay above ground and check out the Mineral Room, which contains many fascinating specimens, most of which were collected by Roy Garrett. He worked in the underground mines for 40 years. To commemorate the over 2,500 men who have lost their lives in the Silver Bow Mining District since 1865, there are four memorial walls that have the men’s names sandblasted into granite slabs. Take in all the local mining history in this one-of-a-kind museum!
The Montana Folk Festival is a beloved festival entering its 13th year in 2020. This free, three-day event showcases up to 50 artists and craft vendors; 30 food and beverage vendors, live music, and dancers. The First People’s Market showcases art and traditional crafts from Native American artists. There are also educational performances and activities for children. You’ll find fun for the whole family at the Montana Folk festival in Butte!
A Butte favorite for almost 30 years, the Uptown Café serves lunch and dinner. They offer “Butte’s most interesting salad bar”, a daily pasta salad, and delicious desserts. For lunch, they offer options such as cheeseburger pizza, hot pastrami sandwich, Mexican halibut, Cajun chicken pasta, and city French Dip, just to name a few. For dinner, start off with one of their appetizers, such as escargot, beef skewers, or artichokes with crab and hollandaise. The Uptown Café offers beef, poultry, and seafood dinners, such as beef wellington, and Cajun prime rib, chicken piccata, or shrimp stuffed with crab. After dinner, try the crème brulee, white mousse pie, or cheesecake. Some of their meals can be made gluten-free. There’s something for everyone at this unique restaurant!