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Oct 4, 2018 - On the road again

We left Coeur d’Alene this morning heading to Montana. The traffic was not bad at all, the were lots of road construction but that helped me maintain speed. Mom was at aw with all of the colors in the trees and now I think we have a plan to make a trip to the east coast one year in the fall to see all the colors. It started raining as soo as we got to Montana. Once we got to our stopping point in Butte it started to snow. All is good we are ready for it (we hope). Brady is taking it all in stride not sure if she is liking it or she want to...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Butte, Montana

9-Jul-18 Butte, Montana We left Billings about 9:45am and headed to Butte, MT. Ross and Marge suggested we stay at the Fairmont RV Park which is about 10 miles west of Butte. We stopped for fuel at a cenex station. Diesel was $3.279/gal. We arrived at the RV park about 3 pm. After setting up camp, we drove back to Butte to the visitor’s center for information on the town and its mines. We signed up for a tour of the town tomorrow and got a map of the many mines in town. We drove pass several of the mines to the Granite Mountain Mine...

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Jun 22, 2018 - All about Butte

Butte, Mt A mining camp established in 1864, Butte grew rapidly. In its heyday, it was one of the largest copper boomtowns in the American West. Employment opportunities attracted surges of immigrants, particularly the Irish; as of 2017, Butte has the largest population of Irish Americans per capita of any US city. Butte was so diverse that “No Smoking” signs had to be printed in 16 languages. The influx of miners gave Butte a reputation as a wide-open town where any vice was obtainable. The city's red-light district brought miners from all...

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Jun 21, 2018 - American Computer & Robotics Museum

Butte, MT Today we had to say "goodbye" to our host and hostess of the last 4 days as well as the 2 other guests - a grandfather and granddaughter who had come for the fishing. Our friendly hostess, Nancy, was loathe to see us leave but it was time to move on. To say the least, we did not get off to an early start. Because it was a travel day, our only activity other than immersing ourselves in beautiful scenery was a stop at the American Computer & Robotics Museum,a museum of the history of computing, communications, artificial...

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May 21, 2018 - Butte, Mining and Old Town

Headed into Butte, MT. We are stopping here to see the World Museum of Mining. It is also, the home of Montana Tech University, that specializes in mining, engineering and geology. The term “Butte” ( meaning rising out of the earth), is the geological term for the small hill on which the town was built in 1894. Due to the mining history, it is known as the “Richest Hill on Earth”. From 1880 to 2000, Butte Hill produced 22,799,000,000 pounds of copper, 4,909,202,540 pounds of zinc, 72,486,488 ounces of silver and 2,922,466 ounces of gold....

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Jan 5, 2017 - Montana

We weren't up that early and after having the complementary breakfast we headed out. It was -12f when we left and although it warmed up to 11f at one time by the evening it was back down to -6. We paid 52 for our room last night and got a room tonight for 65, both were very nice. We put on 598 miles and fuelled up once in glendive for 2.18 and then in Billings for 2.38. Driving was excellent 90% of the time the only problem was a bit of ice the last 20 miles but wasn't too bad.

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Brenner 2017

Aug 26, 2015 - Missoula MT

I don't really know where we come up with these things, but we visited Garnet Ghost Town. Once again, we had to traverse a one lane, dirt road. The cattle we encountered along the way were not very happy with our presence. The town, however, was pretty interesting. We found an easier way out. We also ran into a couple of Catholic churches known for their beautiful murals. Had to stop for a photo opt. The Skyjumpers headquarters in Missoula was also on our list of places to stop. These are the brave people who risk their lives fighting...

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The Smokey Wild West

Aug 25, 2015 - Butte MT

We made a stop in Butte, MT. Butte was once a prosperous mining town. Unfortunately, it is only a shadow of its former self. During the time after the mining industry took a hit, there were a good number of trades that were sitting around doing nothing. A couple of local men had a vision of erecting a huge statue on top of a mountain overlooking the city. They and a whole lot of other tradesmen built and erected Our Lady of the Rockies. It took an enormous effort just to build the road to the top of the peak. The Lady was built in 4...

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The Smokey Wild West

Aug 9, 2015 - Our Lady of the Rockies

We drove in rain most of the way yesterday, steady but very little wind thankfully. On the highway there were several places with a warning sign for wind with a windsock attached to the sign. In the AM Andy and Jo left the campground before us and tried to make the wrong turn, had to unhook the truck and back into the site before driving out to hook up at the bottom of the hill. They were the subject of conversation among the campers near us, unfortunately we did not really see the whole incident so we can't comment on it too much when we...

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2015 Eagle trip

Jun 27, 2015 - World Mining Museum in Butte

It’s very hot here so we decided to go on a tour of an underground mine called the Orphan Girl Mine where the temperature was in the 40s. The mine is part of the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana. We are staying between Butte and Anaconda, another old mining town. We spent about an hour walking through Hell Roarin’ Gulch which is a full scale reproduction of an 1890s mining town and a part of the World Museum of Mining. Then we went on the tour of the mine. We went down only 65 feet, but it was enough to give us some sense of what it...

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May 22, 2015 - The Long and Winding Road

Time zones keep on changing and the days are hard to keep track of. The traveling days are long, but at the end of the day no matter where we are we have our home. Dinners are cooked dishes are done. Art cozies up to the ball game on satellite TV, Rosina and Kathy jump on their computers readying the next days trip, Vinny eats cherry tootsie pops and reads about Elvis. Our journey seems long now but before you know it Alaska will be in our sites. Well goodnight for now.

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Rolling Vacation

Oct 31, 2014 - Trick or Treat in Butte, MT

10-31-14 Spokane, WA to Butte, MT Got up way too early so read and messed around on the computer for a while then went back to sleep and woke, again, around 7AM. We didn't need to be out of our KOA camp until 11:30A so we took our time. Julie made a nice breakfast and did some laundry while I did the water stuff (fresh water in, waste water out) and got things ready to roll in general. We finally pulled at 11:00A, got some fuel, then was on the road east by 11:30A. Today’s drive was uneventful with great weather and good roads. We drove 306...

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