It’s no secret that Irish immigrants flocked to Butte before the turn of the last century. They, just like all immigrants, wanted a better life for themselves and their families. They worked hard, they played hard, and for the majority, life got better, because they earned it.

Therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, we not only celebrate our heritage, we salute that Butte Irish tenacity. It has become integral part of our genetic makeup.

Speaking of tenacity -- almost from its infancy, Butte benefited from its Irish residents. Here are some facts about some of those early-day Irish immigrants who helped to shape our town:

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