Arthur Rothstein. The Original Mine operates in the heart of a Butte neighborhood, June 1939. Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection (LC-USF33-003115-M3).


The Washoe Stack, Anaconda, Montana, 1942. Photograph by R. I. Nesmith. Courtesy Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena (Lot 19 A1a).


Arsenic worker, Washoe Smelter, Anaconda, ca. 1942. Photograph by R. I. Nesmith. Courtesy Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena (Lot 19 A34).


While the Giant Sleeps, 1985, etching collage, 12 x 18". From Anaconda Reclaimed. © 1985 Joeann Daley.

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Copyright Statement/Masthead

The Honorable Pat Williams, Foreword

Editor’s Acknowledgments

Patty Dean, “Coming Home to Butte and Anaconda: An Introduction

Carroll Van West, “The Pit and the Stack: Decoding the Southwestern Montana Landscape

Fredric L. Quivik, “The Industrial Undergirding to the Vernacular Architecture of Butte and Anaconda

John Mihelich, “What’s Your Heritage Worth? Gallus Frames, Community, and Experience in Butte, Montana

Dale Martin, “Maintenance Base for the Copper Conveyor: The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway and Its Roundhouse and Repair Shops, 1914

Photographs from “Report of Investigation of Sanitary Conditions in Mines, and of the Conditions Under Which the Miners Live in Silver Bow County,” 1908-1912, Patty Dean, introduction

Edward B. Reynolds, “Anaconda: A Short Story,” edited and with an afterword, “Context, Subjectivity, and the Built Environment at the Anaconda Reduction Works,” by Matthew Basso

Brian Shovers, “Housing on the Urban Frontier: Multi-Family Building Forms in Butte, Montana, 1890-1916

Patty Dean, “Home Furnishings in the Mining City of Butte

Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, “Redeeming the Ugliest Town on Earth” (from The Craftsman, June 1907), Mary S. Hoffschwelle, introduction

Chere Jiusto, “Montana’s Smallest National Historic Landmark: The Burton K. Wheeler House

Images & Tales: A Portfolio of Butte & Anaconda Arts
A. Roger Whitacre, “Butte & Anaconda Cemeteries: A Photo Essay
B. Joeann Daley, “A Tribute to Anaconda: Etchings & Collages
C. Lisa Wareham, “Visionary Butte: Photographs
D. Edwin Dobb, “Dirty Old Town: Addiction and Betrayal in the Mining City
E. Dennice Scanlon, “The Short Way Home”: Six Poems
F. Ron Fischer, “Manus Dugan” & “The Tuna Fish Sandwich”: Two Stories

Ellen Baumler, “The End of the Line: Red-Light Architecture and Culture in Butte & Anaconda

Patty Dean, “The Silver Bow Club of Butte: Architectural Gem in the Mining Metropolis

Mary Murphy, introduction, “Men in Hats,” a photo essay

Kate Hampton, “Equestrian Oasis: The Anaconda Saddle Club

Patty Dean, introduction, “Queer Spots In & Around Butte,” from the Anaconda Standard
A. “The Assyrian Colony,” with contextual essay, “Assyrian Colony of Butte,” by Benjamin Trigona-Harany
B. “Chinatown” and “The Chinese Gardens,” with contextual essay, “The Chinese in Montana,” by Christopher W. Merritt
C. “The Cree Village,” with contextual essay, “Sundance in Silver Bow: Urban Indian Poverty in the Shadow of the Richest Hill on Earth,” by Nicholas Peterson Vrooman

Jon Axline, “Extra Tasty and Fried the Way You Like It!: Butte’s Historic Drive-in Restaurants

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Vol. 3, No. 1,Spring 2009

Coming Home: A Special Issue Devoted to the Historic Built Environment
& Landscapes of Butte and Anaconda, Montana

A Joint Publication of the Montana Preservation Alliance & Drumlummon Institute

This project was made possible through generous support from the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program;
Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and
a National Park Service Preserve America Grant administered through the State Historic Preservation Office, Montana Historical Society.