Hike Through History

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Hit these five hikes to take a literal walk through Butte history. From the West Side Mansions to the trails at Thompson Park, this series of hikes will offer information and exercise every Thursday morning for five weeks.

Join the Butte Archives, the BSB Health Department, and Parks and Recreation at 8:30 am every Thursday from July 11 through August 8 for a “walk and talk”. Each hike will be led by skillful professionals that will share history and information on each hike. Each walk is free but a $5 donation is suggested with proceeds going to Friends and the Archives and the Local Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Fund. 

Snacks and water will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather; wear good walking shoes. No dogs allowed.

July 11
Saint Mary’s Neighborhood with Debbie Shea and Dan Kelly
(Moderate - Incline on paved streets.) Discover Saint Mary’s neighborhood’s early mining and Irish history and hear stories from third generation descendants.
Wyoming and Copper at 8:30 am

July 18
West Side Mansion Tour with Mary McCormick
(Moderate - Incline on paved streets.) Experience the “West Side” with its charming and one-of-a-kind houses, many with historical significance, as you navigate your way through this fascinating neighborhood
Broadway and Western at 8:30 am

July 25
Whiskey Gulch with Abby Leary
(Beginner - Mostly flat terrain, paved.) Follow in the footsteps of early miners on the banks of Silver Bow Creek and headwaters of the Clark Fork River. Learn the history of Whiskey Gulch and observe the restoration on this section of the Greenway Trail.
Whiskey Gulch Station at 8:30 am

August 1
Thompson Park with Jocelyn Dodge
(Beginner - Genty sloping dirt trail.) Get away from it all without getting too far away! Explore the Milwaukee Road and it’s fun and adventurous route through the heart of Thompson Park.
Sagebrush Flats at 8:30 am

August 8
Granite Mountain with Aubrey Jaap and Nikole Koefelda
(Moderate - Incline on paved trail.) While hiking on the BA&P Trail, enjoy beautiful vistas of Butte and her surrounding mountains. Our hosts will offer historical information on the 1917 Granite Mountain/Speculator Mine disaster.
Foreman’s Park at 8:30 am

For more information:
BSB Archives: 782-3280
BSB Health Dept: 497-5020
BSB Parks & Rec: 497-6565