BIG SKY COUNTRY
The endless blue skies of Montana have to be experienced to understand why the state is nicknamed "Big Sky Country" by residents and visitors alike. We are a big state (fourth largest in the U.S.) and although we don’t fill the space with people (we’re the third least densely populated state) Montana residents enjoy a quality of life that is second to none.
Butte: The Richest Hill on Earth
As a student at Montana Tech, you’ll be part of a vibrant community with a colorful history and an exciting future.
In the late 1800s, European settlers found silver and gold in the hills surrounding Butte, but it was the discovery of copper that gave the city its nickname of "The Richest Hill on Earth." In the early part of the 20th century, Butte was host to the world; people came from most of the nations of Europe as well as China and Mexico to participate in the mining boom. Butte is home to a variety of historical sites including the World Museum of Mining, the Mai Wah museum, the Dumas Brothel, and the Copper King Mansion. The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives is a great resource for historical documents and photographs of Butte’s history.
While the past is fascinating, Butte is still a city on the move. In addition to a dynamic and successful restoration economy, Butte has an active arts community with live performances, open mics, art shows and festivals all year long.
Southwest Montana offers thousands upon thousands of acres of public land available for recreation. From hiking, biking and skiing to fly-fishing and hunting, Butte is located perfectly for convenient access to world-class recreation. Butte is also within an easy drive to two of the nation's most spectacular national parks: Yellowstone and Glacier.
A brief guide to outdoor opportunities and gear can be found here.
Be sure to visit the following state and federal agency websites for comprehensive information on your public lands:
- National Park Service, Montana
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
- Fish, Wildlife & Parks
- Bureau of Land Management