Road Trip to Butte: The Richest Hill on Earth

March 1, 2020 | by katie jones backer

Are you itching to get out of town for a few days, but don’t have the desire, time, or finances to leave the state? I’ve got the place for you to visit: Butte, Montana!

 My husband and I found ourselves in this position two years ago and ended up having a blast over a three-day-weekend. I am proud to say that I have now experienced the fun and history found in our state’s first major city, Butte, the “Richest Hill on Earth.”

There is so much to see and learn in Butte; from its beginnings as a Wild West boomtown and its rich mining history, to the diverse laborers, including many Chinese and Irish immigrants. Not to mention, the Copper Kings, a state senator, national coverage of the Berkeley Pit, home of Montana Tech College, and the towering Lady of the Rockies Statue. It is definitely a place to visit at least once, and around this time of year, you could even time your visit with their St. Patrick’s Day festivities. A few hour's drive from our area, it's close enough for a long weekend, but far enough away for an out-of-town experience. And what an experience it is!

 Butte has a diverse, rich, complex history - all will find something in this unique city. (Learn more at https://www.mininghistoryassociation.org/ButteHistory.htm).

Historical/Must-See Sites in Butte: >>>>

         Dining in Butte:

1.      Metals Sports Bar & Grill
2.      The Pekin Noodle Parlor

As you walk Main Street, you can’t miss Pekin’s “Chop Suey” sign and their historical window displays. If you enjoy Chinese food, try out a meal at the “longest continually operated Chinese Restaurant in America [since 1911].” https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/montana/oldest-chinese-restaurant-mt/

3.      Casagranda’s Steakhouse

If you’re looking for a nice steak dinner to top off a long day of sightseeing, this is a beautiful establishment with delicious food! http://casagrandassteakhouse.com/about/

4.      Visit Mac’s Tavern, The Dublin, Maloney’s Bar, and/or Slainte Butte America Pub if you need a nightcap!
5.      Pork Chop John’s

No trip to Butte is complete without a visit to Pork Chop John’s (founded in 1924)! Fuel up a delicious pork chop sandwich before you begin your trek home. http://porkchopjohns.com/

 Take a road trip to Butte and bring us along! Tag @simplylocalmagazine in your travel pics/posts! We would love to see your favorites from your adventures to the “Richest Hill on Earth.”

Originally printed in the March 2020 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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