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Photo, Print, Drawing Mining operations, Butte, Montana

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  • Mining operations, Butte, Montana


  • Crummett, Michael, 1948- (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • Butte, Montana, August 28, 1979


  • -  Copper mines and mining
  • -  Mining machinery
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Butte


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography


  • -  Index data: Image numbers, descriptions: mining scenes in Butte MT: 1-2, ARCO's Anaconda Copper Berkeley Pit with downtown Butte at extreme left; 3-4, stair-step levels of the Berkeley Pit; 5-8, shift change with all of the empty dump trucks going down to the depths of the Berkeley Pit; 9-10, electric shovel taking 50-cubic-yard bite from the "Richest Hill on Earth"; 11-15, power shovel filling a mammoth dump truck; 16, bulldozer (which offers a size comparison) cleaning the area around the base of shovel; 17-20, the shovel frequently eats away at timbers of the old tunnel mine along with the ore now that is now being strip mined, photographer's notes state that "the week we left Butte, Anaconda Copper announced that they were going to open up some of the tunnels because of the rise in copper prices."


  • 35 mm color slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: MT9-MC32

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)


  • American Folklife Center

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Credit line: Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Crummett, Michael. Mining operations, Butte, Montana. United States Butte Montana, 1979. Butte, Montana. Photograph.

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Crummett, M. (1979) Mining operations, Butte, Montana. United States Butte Montana, 1979. Butte, Montana. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Crummett, Michael. Mining operations, Butte, Montana. Butte, Montana. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.