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Toxic mine dump

It's pretty mind blowing to see firsthand the impacts that 30 years of strip mining will forever have on the environment here at the Berkeley pit. I recommend this one of a kind... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 26, 2016
Matt F
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Butte, Montana
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Denver, Colorado
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588 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 925 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a shame - the deleterious environmental impact of open pit mining is here for all to see. The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine (both the underground mines and the Berkeley Pit are part of a Federal Superfund Site) & the water that now fills the pit is highly acidic (high in concentrations of arsenic, copper,... More 

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Butte, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

It's pretty mind blowing to see firsthand the impacts that 30 years of strip mining will forever have on the environment here at the Berkeley pit. I recommend this one of a kind hole in the ground to anyone who has any interest in history, environment, or nature.

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North Oxford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Worth a stop if in the area. Interesting to learn about how it became polluted and what is being done to try to fix it. Admission is only $2 so it's worth it.

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Juneau, Alaska
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit in a year and I think it is one of the most beautiful polluted sites in the United States! Really interesting history and what is being done to help fix this superfund site. Admission $2. Cute gift shop & restrooms on site. Lovely garden area. A Must-See when in Butte

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wallngford
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

I was not prepared for the size of the Pit, or how close it was to residential areas. This pit is a stark reminder of how the mining business took priority over all other interests, not just in Butte, but in similar towns of the past. The photo I took overlooking the pit is from the hilltop that holds the... More 

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Open pit, dramatic to view. Part of the cultural fabric, for better or for worse. Friendly staff as always.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Making a ton of money from copper mining sounds great until you look at what it does to a town and the toxicity it leaves behind. Cheap attraction to hopefully teach the next generations what greed can leave behind.

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Thank BaltimoreRedbird
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is a cheap ($2 for adults) attraction that allows you to look into the past and understand the magnitude of the mining operations that used to extract billions of dollars of resources out of the ground, allowing Butte to become one of the richest cities on the planet. Well worth taking the short time to view the massive open... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Very interesting, This is one deep hole or lake which is still filling up with contaminated water. nothing can live in this water.Only four dollars to get in.

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Kerrville
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

The viewing area for the Berkeley Pit is a good place from which to appreciate the possible downsides of mining. This gigantic lake of highly acidic, highly toxic mine waste is slowly rising, and will begin contaminating the water supplies of Butte and the surrounding communities by 2023. The only thing planned to stop this is an EPA-mandated treatment plant... More 

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