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.



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Lost Butte, Montana
Publisher: The History Press

by Richard I. Gibson
$19.99

ISBN : 9781609495947
144 pages, Trim Size : 6 x 9, Published : July 2012   

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Available in Butte at Books & Books, Butte Archives, Old Butte Historical Adventures, World Museum of Mining, Headframe Spirits, Chamber Visitor Center.
   
From the stately Queen Anne mansions of the West Side to the hastily constructed shanties of the Cabbage Patch, Lost Butte, Montana, traces the city’s history through its architectural heritage. The book includes such highlights as the Grand Opera House, once graced by entertainers and cultural icons like Charlie Chaplin, Sarah Bernhardt and Mark Twain; the infamous brothels protested by reformer Carrie Nation, wielding her hatchet and sharp tongue; and the Columbia Gardens, built by copper king William Clark as a respite from the smoke and toil of the mines and later destroyed by fire. Through the stories of these structures, lost to the march of time and urban renewal, historian Richard Gibson recalls the boom and bust of Butte, once a mining metropolis and now part of the largest National Historic Landmark District.


What Things Are Made Of
Publisher: Booklocker.com and Richard I. Gibson

By Richard I. Gibson
$17.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book

ISBN 978-1-60910-764-2
312 pages, Trim Size : 6 x 9, Published : March 2011   

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Also available from Amazon, B&N, etc.

The Emperor has no clothes. The "great nation" described by Life Magazine in 1955 has become increasingly dependent on the rest of the world for just about everything: oil, famously; imported goods from China, definitely. But more importantly, the unequal global distribution of natural resources underpins interdependency for all nations, perhaps most critically in the United States, the world's largest consumer.

What does an emery board's rough surface tell us about Africa's million-years-long collision with Europe? Should an angler worry about the source of the platinum he or she relies on in casting a nylon line? What ancient life form gives us filters for beer?

In What Things Are Made Of, I recount the mineralogy of everyday man-made objects, delving into the geological story behind economic mineral deposits. Gold in jewelry, copper in plumbing pipes, talc in lipstick, europium in TV screens, mercury in Dr. Rush's Thunderclappers - each has a complex tale to tell. Rocks are books, and minerals punctuate the pages with riches to lure miners and investors to the far corners of the planet. The hidden geology behind everyday man-made objects explains America's dependency on global resources.

From the Medicis to Napoleon, from Montana to New Caledonia, the scope of this book is that of industrial civilization and the history of the earth itself. Blending history, technology, mineralogy, and geology, this account will leave you with an appreciation of the natural origins of hundreds of commonplace objects as well as the geopolitics that creates today's global interdependency for all mineral commodities.

The United States relies on imports for dozens of commodities in everyday use. Often enough, that reliance is 100%. The aim of this book is to provide awareness of the hidden geology and mineralogy behind common things, and to develop an appreciation for the global resource distribution that underpins our society. While concerns about oil import reliance are in the news every day, our needs for other minerals are comparable and are typically unknown even to technologically aware Americans, many of whom will constitute the primary market for the book. This book fills the need for such information.
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History of the Earth Perpetual Calendar
Publisher: Richard I. Gibson

Updated as a daily blog and podcast

By: Richard I. Gibson
$13.95 each +$3.50 per order shipping.
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370 pages, 5x8, spiral wire bound, published 1994

This book takes the form of a 366-day calendar without days of the week. It is designed to represent "snapshots" of the history of the Earth, progressing through the geologic periods. Thus, January covers the Precambrian (with January 1 = the origin of the earth), February is the Cambrian, and so on to December in the role of the Cenozoic with the advent of early man on December 31. Because the length of the year is getting shorter at a rate of about ½ second per century, the year will be 364¼ instead of 365¼ days long in about 17,280,050 years. So this calendar is not truly perpetual; you will need another one after 17,282,044 A.D.

The days are illustrated with more than 130 fossils, 60 maps and cross-sections illustrating mountain-building events and stratigraphy, 33 stories of minerals and economic resources, 18 plate-tectonic reconstructions, origins of the names of the geologic periods and their lengths, and much more. You'll find the birthdays of 80 geologists and anniversaries of 30 earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. You may find a couple of jokes, too.

This book is not a textbook of Historical Geology - not quite. The purpose is to entertain and to inform, and to introduce you to some of the wonders of geology, from the amazing creatures of the Burgess Shale to India's collision with Asia. It's for geologists and non-geologists, children and adults, teachers and students, and anyone interested in the Earth. The author, Richard I. Gibson, is a professional geologist who admits that he learned and re-learned a lot in the preparation of this book.


Historic Stained Glass in Selected Houses of Worship, Butte, Montana

Published by Butte CPR

by Richard Gibson and Irene Scheidecker
Photos by Richard Gibson
56 pages, 8x5, spiral wire bound, 53 full-color photos of stained glass and structures.


Available at: Second Edition Books • 112 S. Montana
Books & Books • 205 W. Park
White Owl Emporium • 117 N. Main
Butte-Silver Bow Archives • 17 W. Quartz
World Museum of Mining • 155 Museum Way

Or from CPR: $7.00 mailed - make check payable to Butte CPR and send to P.O. Box 164, Butte, MT 59703.

Created for the 2006 Stained Glass Tour, this booklet documents both stained glass and Butte's cultural history. Publication of the booklet was supported in part by grants from the Montana Cultural Trust and Butte's Urban Revitalization Agency, assistance that is greatly appreciated.




Ethnic Map of Butte

By Richard I. Gibson

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