Resilient Butte Women

In June 1917, my great-grandmother Mary Dwyer was about 5 months pregnant with my grandmother, her ninth child. My great-grandfather, John D. Dwyer, 39, worked as a station tender at the Tuolumne Mine; his brother James was at the Modoc. Both mines were near the Speculator, and there had been a fire at the Modoc … More Resilient Butte Women

Coursing in Butte

The Cornish brought the sport of Coursing to Butte. They constructed a Coursing Track just south of the Race Track in the mid-1890s.  The Butte Coursing Club operated 1895 to 1918.  The standard race allowed two dogs per race and used live jackrabbits, a dog got 3 points for chasing the rabbit off course and … More Coursing in Butte

Your archives provides a peek into America’s history

Butte always attracted people with great reputations. Gamblers, fighters, and gunslingers all passed through our fair city. One of those men was Doc Holliday, born John Henry Holliday in 1851. He graduated from Dentistry College at the age of 21 and soon after that setup practice in Georgia. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis as a young man and … More Your archives provides a peek into America’s history


Copper is at $29.19 in 1917 and the year opens with the Anaconda Company announcing that mining profits are the greatest ever known. With over $3,000,000,000 in mine output, copper is the sensation of the year. By February of 1917, the United States faces the great danger of war. President Wilson is under pressure from … More 1917


In the past few months, there has been considerable discussion about the Bronze statue of a young girl facing the Bull on Wall Street, New York City.  The statue titled “Fearless” was commissioned to represent the need to respect gender, equality, racial diversity in the financial world and indeed in every world. Well, FEARLESS are … More Fearless

We ♥ Butte Books!

Last week, I was talking with a couple of people about Butte. They were discussing environmental studies past and present, and one told the other that he should read Smoke Wars. He said that it was his favorite book about Butte, which surprised me a little because I know he has read a lot of … More We ♥ Butte Books!