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We were in Butte for 2 days so we were looking for things to do around the area.

We decided we were going to go to the World Museum of Mining. It was located right in the Butte area and you could see it from all over but it must have taken us 25-30 minutes to find the damn place, lol. When we finally did find it we were cracking up, because it seemed so obvious. The World Museum of Mining has a variety of things to do, there’s a miniature museum with various doll houses in it, a recreation of a mining tow, a mine yard exhibit area and an actual mine that you could go on a guided tour of. I wanted to do the guided underground mine tour but neither mom nor Kerry wanted to do it and it lasted 2.

Inside the Civil War dollhouse.
5 hours so I didn’t do it either.

The first place you go in is the miniature museum, it was pretty cool. There were a ton of different collectible dolls in there, many different doll houses including a civil war house, victorian house and Sherlock Holmes house. I ‘ve always been a fan of dollhouses so I thoroughly enjoyed that part.

The next place you see is the recreation of the mining town. It is a recreation of the 1890's mining town Hell Roarin’ Gulch. There are 15 or so completely intact buildings as well as other buildings that have been recreated. The buildings included a bank, churches, a Chinese laundry, general store, doctor’s office and even a sauerkraut shop. Walking around Hell Roarin’ Gulch was pretty cool if you couldn’t go inside a place there were plenty of windows to see inside.

The Orphan Girl Mine exhibit has various mining tools and machines and also an area where you can see how the miners actually went about doing there job, I really liked this area as well.

Once we left there we decided that we were going to head down to Big Hole Battlefield. We were actually closer to it the previous day but we wanted to get to Butte when it was still daylight so we didn’t go that day. Big Hole Battlefield was one of the places that the Nez Perce indians clashed with US solidiers in the Nez Perce war of 1877.

The battle took place on August 9 and 10, 1877. The Nez Perce had camped in the Big Hole Valley for the night. Their leaders Looking Glass, White Bird and Chief Joseph they thought that they would be safe here. Just after midnight on the 9th Col Gibbons and about 160 of his soldiers found the sleeping camp of Nez Perce.

Sherlock Holmes dollhouse.
The soldiers were preparing to attack the sleeping camp when a lone Nez Perce heard one of the horses neigh, he was shot dead and the soldiers immediately opened fire on the sleeping camp. Many of the Nez Perce died in their tipi’s shot before they even had a chance to defend themselves. When is was all over the Nez Perce sustained 90 deaths of men, women and children in the attack and Gibbons had 29 dead and 40 injured.

We stopped at the visitor center before we went down to the actual battlefied. There were many displays in the center as well as a great video that gives you tons of background information as well as a time frame as to what happened during the 2 day battle. There is also an observation deck on the back of the visitor center where you can look down on the battlefield.

The encampment area of the Nez Perce has the skeletons of tipi’s laid out as they were the night of the attack. There were several different trails you could walk on and booklets that outlined what happened in each area. Kerry and I decided we wanted to take the Nez Perce encampment trail. It wound around and took you right up to where the tipi’s were. Once you were inside the encampment the tipi’s of important leaders were marked which made the whole site more poignant. I would highly encourage anyone who is in the Wisdom, MT area to go to see the battlefield, it is a National Park and well worth the time and effort to get there.

euphemy says:
You said the same thing. lol It's not like I was against doing it.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
Aditu says:
Yep, it was only to be in the high 40's or low 50's in the mine and you had shorts on that day.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
euphemy says:
I don't recall saying I didn't want to do the underground mining tour.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
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Inside the Civil War dollhouse.
Inside the Civil War dollhouse.
Sherlock Holmes dollhouse.
Sherlock Holmes dollhouse.
Hell Roarin Gulch
Hell Roarin' Gulch
Looking down on the Chinese Laundr…
Looking down on the Chinese Laund…
The superintendents house.
The superintendent's house.
Looking inside the bank.
Looking inside the bank.
St. Patricks Church.
St. Patrick's Church.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
The underground exhibit.
The underground exhibit.
heading inside.
heading inside.
The Orphan Girl Mine.
The Orphan Girl Mine.
Looking down on Butte.
Looking down on Butte.
On the way to Big Hole Battlefield.
On the way to Big Hole Battlefield.
Nez Perce National Historic Park.
Nez Perce National Historic Park.
Big Hole Battlefield.
Big Hole Battlefield.
The Encampment Trail.
The Encampment Trail.
First glimpse of the tipis.
First glimpse of the tipi's.
White Birds tipi.
White Bird's tipi.
The Big Hole River.
The Big Hole River.
Chief Josephs tipi.
Chief Joseph's tipi.
2,210 km (1,373 miles) traveled
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