Anaconda Travel Guide

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Anaconda Overview

Anaconda is a decent sized town of about 7600 (little changed since 2000) located along beautiful Montana Highway 1 just west of Interstate 90 in Deer Lodge County in Southwestern Montana. The town got its start when Marcus Daly one of the “Copper Kings” built a smelter near here and recommended founding a town named “Copperopolis”. That name was already in use so Daly accepted a recommendation of “Anaconda”, in 1883. The first socialist elected to public office west of the Mississippi was the mayor of Anaconda in 1903. Famous people, including: Lucille Ball, Bounty Hunter “Papa” Thorson and several politicians and sports figures have ties to Anaconda. Anaconda has been the county seat of Deer Lodge County since 1896 following Silver Bow and Deer Lodge. Deer Lodge County was formed as part of the Territory of Idaho then was designated one of the original 9 counties for the Montana Territory when it was formed in 1864. The Deer Lodge County Courthouse was placed on top of a hill at the end of Main Street and was designed by architects Charles F. Bell and John N. Kent using the Neo-classical style of architecture and was completed in 1900. The Deer Lodge County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Anaconda has a nice historic district with a lot of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Anaconda has 4 historic districts and over 20 individual locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Anaconda is a former industrial center with a rich history, and more recently, a recreational community. Located in southwestern Montana, the Continental Divide passes within a few miles of the city limits. The Rocky Mountain peaks reach up to 10,379 feet.

Discovery Basin ski area is located 14 miles west of Anaconda at Georgetown Lake, and brings in around 60,000 skiers each season. Fairmont Hotsprings Resort is located 12 miles east of Anaconda, and features 4 naturally heated pools, a 350 foot water slide, a wildlife zoo, and an 18-hole golf course.