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.

About Dick Gibson and Contacts

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Photo by Kathryn Langmyer Henderson
Richard I. Gibson is a geologist, historian, and tour guide in Butte, Montana. He’s served on the local Historic Preservation Commission (2007-08), as Education Director at the World Museum of Mining (2004-05), and as the secretary of Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization (2007-13). He also serves on the Mai Wah Chinese Museum board and wrote the guide to the Mai Wah Archaeological Dig Exhibit. Gibson edited the guidebook for the 2009 Vernacular Architecture Forum in Butte and wrote most of the Butte section and two essays. He contributed 18 columns on historic architecture to the Montana Standard newspaper, and is the author of the Butte History blog http://buttehistory.blogspot.com/. 

As a historic tour guide in Butte, Dick informs about 2,300 visitors per year on walking tours with Old Butte Historical Adventures and driving the Chamber of Commerce tourist trolley. He's also a step-on guide for bus groups and provides customized tours for special audiences. 

His other book, What Things Are Made Of, focuses on the geologic and human stories behind the minerals in everyday objects, from eyeglasses to auto tires. More information can be found here: http://www.gravmag.com/whatthings.shtml

For more information about Dick Gibson, see his web site


The study of Butte history is a communal effort. My special thanks go to my tour guide colleagues, Denny Dutton, Pat Mohan, Bob McMurray, Mark Reavis, Nicole von Gaza, Jesse Rowe, Chris Fisk, and others, and to the folks at the Butte Archives: Ellen Crain, Lee Whitney, Irene Scheidecker, Mitzi Rossillon, Aubrey Kersting, and Kim Kohn.  The top image is a montage of historic images, including the Leonard Mine headframe, Owsley Block, 300 block of N. Main Street, Hirbour Tower, miners in 1939, and East Broadway about 1905. The favicon up there in the URL address box is a tiny image of Marcus Daly.


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