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“Short but Interesting”
Review of Berkeley Pit

Berkeley Pit
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Butte
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This inexpensive $2 stop lets you go to an overlook where you can see the Berkeley Pit, hear an explanation of it, read the signs, etc., and buy a variety of souvenirs as you leave. Well worth your time; it is included in the Butte Trolley tour if you take that (also recommended). This attraction will only take 1/2 hour or so.

1  Thank KeldiKlutz
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

An inexpensive ($2) way to get a historical perspective of Butte and an overview of mining practices thru the years and the after effects. Hit the button on the center of the viewing platform for a quick audio program. Just to be on the safe side, we are drinking bottled water while we are in Butte. We are glad we decided to stop and visit.

Thank Debbie D
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

"The Richest Hill On Earth." Until the 1970s, the Berkeley Pit was the world's largest open-pit copper mine. Today, it's filled 2/3 full with water so toxic that they use booming sounds to keep the birds away.

While there is still some mining in the area, most has shut down and the pit is now a beautiful--and awful--display of our technology and possibly our destruction.

Butte's mines electrified the world in the early 20th century. This town--and these mines--are an important and interesting part of our history. This exhibit is only $2 and well worth the stop. Informative, interesting, pretty and a bit depressing.

1  Thank Robert D
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

A bizarre and troubling view of the horrendous Berkeley Pit. The woman who sold us tickets in the (terrible) gift shop told us stories about what long & thriving old ages all of her relatives (and their pets) enjoyed living near the pit, but it's hard to believe anything that toxic and huge can sit in the middle of a town.... can't really wrap your mind around it, but glad we drove out there for a look-see.

Thank LuckyWest
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you are coming to Butte or just passing through, you must make a stop at the Berkeley Pit. It only takes a few minutes to walk through the tunnel and out onto the platform. It's not a beautiful landmark, but more of a historical perspective of the mining history of this little town. You can read about the clean up that is underway and how the prospect of copper turned this sleepy little MT town into a booming meca of the West with almost 90,000 citizens at the turn of the century. Well worth the 10 minutes and $2 fee.

Thank Trisha P
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