Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A break in the weather, a dash to Butte and Philipsburg

We toured the Clark Mansion in Butte

Katie takes a break at Georgetown Lake

Touring the Granite Ghost Town
We finally got a break from the rainy weather over the weekend and used it for a quick trip to Butte and Philipsburg.
Butte was the site of the Humanities Montana board meeting where we stayed at the Finlen Hotel, dined at the Uptown Cafe, toured the historic downtown and two Copper King mansions, and stopped by the Butte Farmers Market. 
On the way to Butte I bumped into a health occupations teacher in Helena.  In Butte I happened upon a Butte High shop teacher and former legislator J.D. Lynch, whom I covered as a young Great Falls Tribune Capitol Bureau reporter in the 1970s.
After the Humanities Montana meeting we headed for Philipsburg, one of our favorite Montana towns, to enjoy this weekend that marked our fifth wedding anniversary.
We stayed at the renovated Kaiser Hotel and did a sidetrip tour of the ghost town of Granite, high above the the town.
Granite is pretty much a ruin, but an interesting one.
On the way home we took a short hike on Mount Helena to see the flowers.

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