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Berkeley Pit

Butte, MT
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Butte
Type: Bodies of Water, Lookouts, Mines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The west has many spots like this one. I last visited the Berkeley Pit about 30 years ago. It was interesting to see it again. However, the Lavender Pit in Bisbee (Arizona), for example - is much more visually attractive. (Wearing my environmental geoscientist hat gives me mixed thoughts about open pit mines in general..)

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Butte, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Butte has a very rich mining history. Many of the attractions in the area are mining related, The Berkeley Pit is a good example. There is a lot to learn here, and a lot to see. Listen to the recordings that tell you about the history of the pit, if you have a tour guide ask about what they are... More

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Whitefish, Montana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This used to be a great attraction while operating. It's a mile deep but is now full of high acid water. The efforts at remediation are interesting.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Gift shop is newer and it appears that a lot of work has been done to inform about Butte's underground, then open pit mining. The richest hill on earth has an interesting history.

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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I had no idea of the extent of mining that was taking place around Butte. The volunteer at the Berkeley Pit was very knowledgeable about the history and current info of mining and the open pit. I got an education that day!!

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Cody, Wyoming, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This was a fun tourist/historic stop. The little gift shop had some neat items. The little walk out to the pit was neat and had lots of good info.

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Strawberry Point, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It's a big hole filled with contaminated water. I honestly don't see what the attraction is. Our guide strongly defended it's existence and more or less said that if it weren't for our mining, which everyone has benefited from, we wouldn't have a toxic pit. Perhaps if it had been presented differently, I wouldn't have such a negative opinion.

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

I would first do the old historical tour in old town then go see Berkley Pit. They tell the history of Butte and then it means so much more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I didn't really expect a giant toxic pit but that is exactly what it is. There is a tunnel and platform where you view the pit. It is an interesting read though and pictures don't begin to touch on the vast size. Quick stop but something to see and learn a little about open mining .

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hilton head
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The view of the old mine site is spectacular. We debated several alternatives but this was an easy, quick, and inexpensive alternative. Displays offer a good accounting of mining in the region and at Berkeley. Worth a Look. I've seen pictures of open pit mines but the in person view is truly eye opening.

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