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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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Wilmington, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The pit was opened in the 1950s as a less expensive alternative to shaft mining. Mining operations ceased in 1982. Butte now has an open pit that contains toxic water that is 700 feet deep and rising. In about 10 years the water level will reach a rock strata which contains ground water for the city. As of now, they... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I've heard about the Berkeley Pit since I moved to Montana in 2002. We finally got to see it. They charge $2 for adults, $1 for children under 17. No discounts. You pay your money in the gift shop where they hope you'll spend way more money, let you walk out the door, down the stairs, through a tunnel that... More

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Blaine, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very interesting, seeing and hearing about this mine. Huge water filled that they say if a bird were to go into it would kill them instantly. They have a copper mine sovereign shop on site, which we bought several things. At the mine, a recording tells about the history of the mine, and there are other displays you can read... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We found out the Butte Trolley tours stop here so we did that. The trolley tour explained more of the history of the pit.

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

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
36 helpful votes 36 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
114 helpful votes 114 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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8 reviews 8 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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