Hike through Montana History

Weekly hikes around historic Butte, Montana

From the West Side mansions of Butte to the trails of Thompson Park, the Hike through History will offer history and exercise.

Each walk is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated with proceeds going to the Friends of the Archives and the Local Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Fund. Snacks and water are available. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes. No pets are allowed. All trips begin at 9 a.m.

2024 Hike Through History Schedule in Butte, Montana

July 11: Silver Bow Station to Nissler with Dick Gibson 

Overlooking the site of Silver Bow City, participants will visit the Nissler brewery malt house, the old road connections, and the rocks, which include jasper, barite, and fluorite in a probable old hot spring. 
Meet at: Silver Bow Station 
July 18: Basin Creek Reservoir with Mary McCormick 
The Basin Creek Reservoir has supplied Butte with water since its completion in 1895. Learn about the history of the reservoir south of town and all it has to offer!
Meet at: Basin Creek Reservoir
July 25: Crackerville to Fairmont with Aubrey Jaap and Abby Peltomaa
From restoration of the Greenway to notorious Miners’ Union Day celebrations, learn it all from Crackerville to Fairmont.
Meet at: Crackerville Road
August 1: Silver Bow Creek with Joe Griffin
Follow Silver Bow Creek toward the treatment lagoons and Whiskey Gulch! 
Meet at: Visitor’s Center
August 8: St. Patrick’s Cemetery Tour with Aubrey Jaap and Lindsay Mulcahy
Come for a haunting walk-through of St. Patrick’s Cemetery and learn about some of those interned there as well as the symbolism behind their intricate headstones.
Meet at: St. Patrick’s Cemetery 
August 15: Thompson Park with Jocelyn Dodge 
Get away from it all without getting too far away! Explore the Milwaukee Road and its fun and adventurous route through Thompson Park.
Meet at: Eagle’s Nest
August 22: Greenway Trail: Fairmont Road to German Gulch with Dori Skrukrud 
Discover the Greenway Trail and the restoration along this portion of the trail from Fairmont Road through Durant Canyon.
Meet at: Fairmont Road 

August 29:Stodden Park: Then & Now with Jim McCarthy and Bob Lazzari
Learn about the history of Butte’s Stodden Park and the renovations that have taken place to make this one of Butte’s best parks!
Meet at: Stodden Park

For more information:
Health Dept: 497-5020
Archives: 782-3280