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Address: Butte, MT
Phone Number: 4067233177
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Berkeley Pit or Butte Hole?

Where there's a Butte there's a hole, and that's a fact. The only difference is that Montana's Butte hole is full of toxic waste and spent it's life excreting copper. At $2 per... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I saw the pit when it was still working, much more impressive than now when the lake has filled much of it up. But still, worth seeing.

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Cape Town, South Africa
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Where there's a Butte there's a hole, and that's a fact. The only difference is that Montana's Butte hole is full of toxic waste and spent it's life excreting copper. At $2 per person a walk through the Death Star-esque hallway to the viewing deck is well worth it. The cute girl at the gift shop definitely helps, but when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

At first we thought, why would we want to stop and see a pit of toxic sludge? It turns out the Berkeley Pit offers an interesting perspective on the mining history in Butte. I never really thought about the by-products of mining, but much of it is explained in the worn signs near the pit. I see it as a... More 

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Yukon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place is right in Butte but you'd never guess it when you are up the mountain. Our guide started out speaking about how important safety is, and I liked that approach. The views of the pit are amazing and you can still see a few old headframes on the horizon. Believe or not, we actually saw a deer walking... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We never, ever thought we would pay to see a toxic superfund site, but it is fascinating at the same time it's repulsive. If you're in Butte (which is a very cool town), go see the pit. It's too weird not to see it.

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Nampa, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

When in Butte this is a must see place. It is a piece of history of the huge role mining played in the Butte area. There is information there to hear as well as read about the efforts to clean up the water that is now filling the pit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

By standing on the viewing platform you can really get an idea of its size. The information boards are well presented and the roller coaster history of this pit is well explained. What will happen next with the clean up is the new challenge!!

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We took the Butte Trolley Bus Tour which includes a stopover visit to see the huge Berkeley Copper Mining Pit. I know the mining operations in Butte which were all underground until the open mining Berkeley pit was established brought work and economy to the area, it did make me sad. The site is a product of man's scarring of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

They knocked down the Columbia Gardens.............the absolute best picnic spot that also a couple of rides in what turned out to be a big zip!! No copper to be found!!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

For better or worse it shows us little human ants can move mountains... Literally. For me it's a sad place in that my old man helped dig it and he lost his wedding ring somewhere in it. My mom's childhood home would've been in the middle of it. And my family knew a few people lost digging it. When visiting... More 

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Address: Butte, MT
Phone Number: 4067233177
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Butte

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