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The city that ate itself : Butte, Montana and its expanding Berkeley Pit

Author: Brian James Leech
Publisher: Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, [2018]
Series: Mining and society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Open-pit mining was not just a new way to mine, but a new way to live. After the 1920s, hard-rock mines across the American West transitioned from underground operations to large open-pit holes. Butte, Montana, a well-known underground mining center, experienced this switch when the Anaconda Company began a large open-pit copper mine, the Berkeley Pit, which operated from 1955 to 1982. Although the Berkeley Pit  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Leech, Brian James.
City that ate itself.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2018013554
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian James Leech
ISBN: 9781943859429 1943859426 9781948908290 1948908298
OCLC Number: 1029061055
Description: ix, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mining is life, 1864-1954 --
Working the pit, 1955-1975 --
Feeding the factory, 1955-1975 --
The pit is dead (long live the pit), 1970-2017.
Series Title: Mining and society series.
Responsibility: Brian James Leech.

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Provides a social and environmental history of Butte, Montana's Berkeley Pit, an open-pit mine which operated from 1955 to 1982. Using oral history interviews and archival finds, The City That Ate  Read more...

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