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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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Price is right to see the history of 100+ years of mining. One mile high and one mile deep. Excellent example of open pit mining and to see tunnels of yester-years. Great history lesson.

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Portland, Oregon
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109 reviews 109 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you have not seen an open-pit mine before, this will amaze you. We have seen them before, but this one is quite large. The better part is that, for $2, they explain how it works. The Berkeley is no-longer working, but there is a working pit right next door, and dozens of closed, deep shaft mines, around town. The... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

one of the most polluted sites in the world, yet astonishingly beautiful. large open pit mine filled with poisons that create colors not seen in nature. old mining rigs in the surrounding hills add to the feel that takes one back in time to when Butte was the wealthiest town on the planet.

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Peoria, Arizona, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You walk thru the gift shop to buy tickets (only $2) to go thru a tunnel (abt 100 ft maybe) to the actual pit. Its fenced off and you look at it from above. Its massive and the water is filling up. It would be beautiful if not for that awful water - kind of like a smaller Grand Canyon.The... More

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Newbury Park, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A fascinating look at one of the world's worst man-made ecological disasters. At the same time, you will learn about the future plans for treating the water once the level in the Pit reaches a certain level.

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Huntsville, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The pit was interesting and heart breaking...A big hole dug into the beautiful mountain side that after having all the copper removed filled with contaminated water...The size of the truck used to removed the copper was amazing...

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Anderson, South Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

After learning the history of the town and seeing the mines this is well worth a stop. The cost is $2 dollars and you walk out to the overlook. There is a self guided tour of it but it is very interesting to see.

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The pit speaks for itself visually, but you will actually learn more about it if you visit with a tour guide. We went with the trolley tour and the guide provided much more info than the tape recording.

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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I found this a little confronting as the family home was taken by the neighbouring mine, but it's important to understand the history and this makes it visual.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

While, I have seen the pit once before, I felt that my 10 year old daughter, who is a Montana native, (I am not a Montana native), should see this left over relic from one of the most interesting sites that I have ever seen. What I can say is it is monstrously big and toxic to a huge degree.... More

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