Butte Hill
Butte Gallus Frames
Within three decades Butte had grown from a marginal placer camp into a city with a vital mining industry of over 80 underground mines and half a dozen major mills and smelters. Butte's widely touted production in 1887 of over 78 million pounds of copper, an excellent conductor of electricity, was the result, in part, of unprecedented demands for the metal. Uses for copper increased dramatically with new electrical applications in communications, illumination and manufacturing. A symbiotic relationship developed between electricity and copper production: copper being a necessary ingredient in power generation and the transmission of the enormous amounts of electrical energy needed to mine and smelt copper ore. The gallus frames erected above these underground mines represent the history of the Butte mines that had played a vital role in electrifing the country.
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