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Butte's decades in photographs: 1900 to 1909

From the Butte, America's decades in photographs series
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The 20th century was in its infancy and the Mining City, backed by its many mines, was taking big steps to compete in the world market. The following are some interesting happenings from 1900 to 1909:

  • At the turn of the last century, it was estimated that Butte’s female population was nearing the 40 percent mark.
  • More than 70 men were killed in the Butte mines from 1900 to 1909. The biggest accident of the decade was when seven men were killed May 12, 1905, at the Cora Mine.
  • It was mostly young men who were in attendance when Montana Tech opened in 1900.
  • Theatergoers flock as the curtain opens in 1901 on Butte’s newest ornate theater, the Broadway. The first show was “Belle of New York.”
  • Copper King W.A. Clark secretly marries his former ward, Miss Anna LaChappelle of Butte in France. Anna was 23 at the time and Clark was 62.
  • In 1902, Masons gather at the newly erected Masonic Temple on Park Street. That same year, the Butte Council of the Knights of Columbus organized.
  • If you build it, they will come. In 1902, Columbia Gardens now included a baseball field with seating for fans.
  • Fire destroyed the Alice Mine hoist in 1902.
  • In 1903, three years after Marcus Daly’s death, his widow sells all his mining property.
  • By 1905, John D. Ryan was at the helm of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co.
  • Also in 1905, nine people were killed when the streetcar they were traveling in collided with a freight train. Passengers were headed home after a day at the Columbia Gardens. An estimated 30 more were injured.
  • Bad luck follows the Alice in 1906, as its main building goes up in flames.
  • Fire destroyed the Columbia Gardens’ grand pavilion on Oct. 27, 1907. W.A. Clark promised to quickly rebuild.
  • Sculpted by August Saint Gaudens, the statue of the late Copper King, Marcus Daly, located on North Main Street, was dedicated Sept. 2, 1907.
  • W.A. Clark made good on his promise. The Columbia Gardens, in 1908, showcased its new pavilion.
  • A premature blast at the Diamond Mine kills four men.
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