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Posted on: October 6, 2014

[ARCHIVED] 150th anniversary timeline

1864 to 1889

1864 – Prospector “Seven-Up Pete” McMahon names Silver Bow Creek.

1866 – Residents of Butte City attempt to form a miners’ union.

1870 – The Emma Mine has a new foreman – Marcus Daly, who later would become one of Butte’s famous Copper Kings.

1872 – W.A. Clark, another soon-to-be Copper King, makes first visit to Butte.

1876 – Mining prospector hits a substantial copper vein in the Parrot Mine.

1876 – Mining begins to boom in Butte with the opening of the Dexter Mill and Centennial Mill.

1876 – Marcus Daly, with the help of investors, takes over Alice Mine.

1878 – Cut wages at the Lexington Mine and Alice Mine trigger Butte’s first-ever strike.

1878 – Plans in motion to form the Colorado and Montana Co. At the helm were Nathaniel Hill and W.A. Clark.

1879 – It is official – Butte City is incorporated. With incorporation was the formation of the Butte Water Co.

1879 – Montana Copper Co. is formed by Lewisohn brothers.

1880 – Looking ahead, Marcus Daly pays $20,000 for two-thirds interest in Anaconda Mine and buys the other third interest the next year.

1880 – Let there be light – electricity comes to the area that encompasses Alice Mill and Mine.

1881 – Butte is now the seat of Silver Bow County.

1881 – Charles Meader is the proprietor of a new copper smelter.

1881 – Butte Workingmen’s Union is now called Miners Union of Butte City.

1881 – Banker and successful Butte entrepreneur sells the Lexington Mine for $1 million, but retains 1/8 interest.

1881 – St. James Hospital opens its doors.

1881 – Two Irish organizations form – the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Robert Emmet Literary Association.

1882 – Marcus Daly just got richer as the largest deposit of copper sulphide to be found was discovered at the Anaconda Mine.

1882 – Brush Electric Light and Power is formed, thanks to a number of men, including W.A. Clark and Butte businessman Patrick Largey.

1884 – Mining City now has approximately 300 mines.

1887 – Butte is America’s leader in copper production.

1888 – W.A. Clark loses congressional seat to Thomas Carter.

1889 – Twenty-year-old F. Augustus Heinze makes his way to Butte. Heinze would later be referred to as the third Copper King.

1889 – Six men killed in a fire at the St. Lawrence Mine.

Full timeline in The Montana Standard
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