Lost Butte, Montana, a book by Richard I. Gibson, is in stores and museum gift shops around Butte. Or order from the publisher. It's also in E-book formats at all the usual places. And read an interview with Gibson, here, and on KXLF here. The Facebook page has many historic photos of Butte, and the Butte-Anaconda NHLD project showcases many historic buildings. Location-oriented posts can be found on HistoryPin. On Mondays beginning in January 2016, look for Gibson's "Mining City History" column in the Montana Standard.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Some Butte Bakeries

Download a PDF of a 12-page booklet about Butte bakeries here (3 megs).

Today, in honor of Butte's newest bakery (the Grand Bakery, 120 West Broadway), a simple post showing some advertisements from a few of the many early bakeries in Butte. These are from the 1890s-1900s. The Eagle Bakery was at 15 East Granite. Scans from City Directories by Richard I. Gibson; the 1884 sketch of the Loeber Brewery and Eagle Bakery (both owned by the same man) is from Michael A. Leeson, History of Montana: 1739-1885.


  1. I love your sight. I was born and raised in Butte and my family has been there since the late 1880's. This site makes me sooo home sick. I miss Butte and the wonderful people there. The old saying is very true. You can take people out of Butte but you can't take Butte out of people. Thank you so much for all you share.

  2. Hi Richard, I had quite a few family members who lived in Butte who were Finnish. My father spoke of his great uncle who had a Finn Bakery sometime through the 1920s-1930s. In your booklet on bakeries to be downloaded, I found an article showing that this great uncle did indeed have a bakery in the Finn part of town. I am wondering if you may have any other information on him. His name was Matt Lampi and the address listed for the bakery is 408 E. Broadway Rear. Do you know if this is a correct address as all info that I have found on Matt lists his address as 405 E. Broadway Rear? Of course, he may have lived across from the bakery as well. Thank You.

    1. The illustration in the booklet that says 408 E Broadway could easily reflect a typo for 405. The city directories definitely have such mistakes. The way to check would be to look at multiple directories and see if the address was consistent from year to year - and even then that would not guarantee accuracy. The 1910 directory, which I have here at home, does not list Matt, but does list Andrew Lampi, baker at 408 E Broadway, resides 410 E Broadway, and Charles Lampi clerk at Tripp & Dragstedt, resides rear 408 E Broadway. I infer from that that the bakery was at 408, and that there was an apartment at the rear, and that other Lampis lived in other houses nearby.

    2. Thank you for the info! I appreciate you looking this up. Would the 400 block be the same block that the Helsinki Bar is on? Yes, Andrew and Charles were brothers to Matt. I have found 1910 census records that list Andrew as head of household and brother Matt lived with him. They had another brother, Alfred (my great-grandfather) who on his death certificate, lists 405 as the address. That is also the address listed on Matt's death certificate as well. However, it makes perfect sense that if there were other Lampi's living in houses nearby to have different house numbers.

    3. Yes, the Helsinki is at 402 E Broadway.