ANACONDA & PHILIPSBURG AREA
PHILIPSBURG, DONNIE SEXTON
OLD WORKS GOLF CLUB. JIM MANDEVILLE
ANACONDA & PHILIPSBURG AREA The Anaconda/Philipsburg area is a hidden gem. Anaconda has one of the best public golf courses in the United States. Its downtown is rich in history and is home to fantastic architecture funded by the billions of dollars in Butte copper processed here in the late 1800s. It even has a bighorn sheep herd at the edge of town. Philipsburg, with its National Register-listed district, features one of the most faithfully restored Victorian street fronts you’ll ever see. The main street includes an old-time candy store, soda fountain, jewelry store, general store and more. Most impressive, though, is what surrounds these towns—the Flint Creek, Pintler and Anaconda mountain ranges, blue-ribbon trout waters, stunning Georgetown Lake and a scenic byway that links it all. Be prepared to linger.
HISTORY ANACONDA STACK At more than 585 feet high and one of the few remnants of Anaconda’s huge copper smelting plant, the 100-year-old Anaconda Stack is the world’s tallest free-standing masonry structure that is now a state park and interpretive site. 406.563.2400,
ANACONDA COURTHOUSE Construction began on the courthouse in June of 1898 and was completed in the early spring of 1900 at a cost of $199,539. The building boasts a rotunda, circular staircases, frescoes and a dumbwaiter so the clerk of the court wouldn’t have to carry books up and down stairs. OLD WORKS HISTORICAL TRAIL Interpretive plaques address the history of the Old Works smelter. Kiosks and benches are provided for resting along the 1¼-mile-long paved trail. 406.563.2400, www.discoveranaconda.com
WALKING TOUR Tour Anaconda’s four national historic districts that tell the story of the city’s past. View unique homes and striking downtown architecture. 44 SOUTHWESTMT.COM • 800.879.1159
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ANACONDA VISITOR CENTER This building is a replica of an old train depot and includes information on Anaconda’s many attractions and adventures. Vintage bus tours begin here. 406.563.2400,
COPPER VILLAGE MUSEUM AND ART CENTER Housed in the former Anaconda City Hall and built in 1896, the complex includes a historical museum, archives and art center along with a retail shop and the local historical society.
HEARST FREE LIBRARY The library was built in 1898 with classic beauty and is located on Main Street in Anaconda. 406.563.6932, www.hearstfreelibrary.org
THE MONTANA LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the men and women of Montana’s law enforcement and is open May through September. 406.859.6536, www.mlem.org
Visit Southwest Montana 2018 Travel Guide