St. Patrick’s Day

Butte’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in 1882. That year 800 Hibernians – the Irish fraternal organization – marched from Walkerville to Butte in -30 degree temperatures. The usual celebrations centered around a parade, Mass, and perhaps a banquet or ball. Enjoyed by all, these activities were not merely joyous social gatherings. In … More St. Patrick’s Day

Ike Hayes

Ike Hayes is almost forgotten in Butte and in the sporting world, but at one time he enjoyed a standing as one of the state’s best pugilists. He established his reputation as a boxer while sparring in North Dakota in 1888. After working the circuits for a few years, he settled in Helena, where he … More Ike Hayes

What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?

Fire insurance maps were created to help insurance companies assess the potential risks involved in underwriting policies. They depict features that affect the vulnerability of properties to disasters like fire, earthquake, and flood. The first fire insurance maps were created in London in the late 18th century. In America, D.A. Sanborn, a civil engineer and … More What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?

Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” In Montana, women had won this right in 1914 and … More Women’s Suffrage

Thank you, Butte!

I get a real thrill from opening books and magazines and seeing this: Those of us who work in processing do not always know what the people who work more closely with authors are doing with the things we process. Yesterday I bought a copy of the new book, Political Hell-raiser, the Life and Times … More Thank you, Butte!