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The Battle for Butte: Mining and Politics on the Northern Frontier, 1864-1906 (Emil and Kathleen Sick Series in Western History and Biography)
First published in 1981, The Battle for Butte has remained the best treatment of the influence of copper in the political history of Montana. "Fine history: rich in detail, full of finely drawn people, masterfully clear where the subject matter is most complex, constructed to preserve something of the tone and atmosphere of the age."-American Historical Review
Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by University of Washington Press
(first published January 1982)
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This story of "the richest hill on earth" covers the development of the mining frontier around Butte, Montana, from its earliest prospectors through the final consolidation of ownership of all the mines under the "Copper Trust" in 1906. I found the first half of the book to be very interesting. That part covered the period to 1900 and tells of the rise of the great copper mines of Butte under the flamboyant direction of Marcus Daly and William Clark. The second half of the book was not nearly as ...more