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Butte's Berkeley Pit / written by Pat Kearney.

By: Kearney, Pat [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Great Falls, MT] : Skyhigh Communications, [2014]Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780966168884; 0966168887.Subject(s): Berkeley Pit (Mont) -- History | Copper mines and mining -- Montana -- Butte | Butte (Mont.) -- HistorySummary: Butte, Montana was one of the most productive, but unsafe underground hardrock mining operations in the world. All that started to change in 1955 when shovels started digging the Berkeley Pit. The new mining venture became the largest open pit truck operation in the world. The massive complex produced millions of pounds of copper, silver, gold, zinc and other minerals. The Berkeley Pit created jobs, prosperity, safer working conditions and a new lease on life for the richest hill on earth. During that same time, the Berkeley Pit completely changed the way of life in Butte. The ethnic neighborhoods that made the city so unique were wiped away by the enormous shovels and trucks from the Pit operation. The same thing almost took place to the historic business district. The unions became bigger, more aggressive and much harder to control for the Anaconda Company. The Berkeley Pit led to massive amounts of waste rock that changed the skyline. In the end, the Berkeley Pit helped create the largest Superfund clean up site in the world. This is the story of how one single event, the development of an open pit mining operation, forever changed one community, Butte, Montana. This is the story of Butte's Berkeley Pit.
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Butte, Montana was one of the most productive, but unsafe underground hardrock mining operations in the world. All that started to change in 1955 when shovels started digging the Berkeley Pit. The new mining venture became the largest open pit truck operation in the world. The massive complex produced millions of pounds of copper, silver, gold, zinc and other minerals. The Berkeley Pit created jobs, prosperity, safer working conditions and a new lease on life for the richest hill on earth. During that same time, the Berkeley Pit completely changed the way of life in Butte. The ethnic neighborhoods that made the city so unique were wiped away by the enormous shovels and trucks from the Pit operation. The same thing almost took place to the historic business district. The unions became bigger, more aggressive and much harder to control for the Anaconda Company. The Berkeley Pit led to massive amounts of waste rock that changed the skyline. In the end, the Berkeley Pit helped create the largest Superfund clean up site in the world. This is the story of how one single event, the development of an open pit mining operation, forever changed one community, Butte, Montana. This is the story of Butte's Berkeley Pit.

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