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Address: Butte, MT
Phone Number: +1 406-723-3177
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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 1 week ago
Matt F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank DoctorKnow85
Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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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 35 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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Thank Tess W
Baltimore, Maryland
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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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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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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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Thank RogerK1939
Kerrville
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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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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We took a break from fishing in the Ruby Valley and headed to Butte for the day. A quick stop at the Chamber of Commerce and we decided on four things we wanted to see. The Berkley Pit was an active copper mine that today is filled with water. It’s well worth the $2.00 entry fee just to head out... More 

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