Lead: During World War I, copper deposits near Butte, 5700 feet above sea level in southwestern Montana made it the “richest hill on earth at the time.” Disaster struck in 1917.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Butte, Montana is situated on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Rich in mineral deposits, the Butte area filled mining camps for gold and silver during the 1860s and 1870s. With the advent of electric power, the demand for copper (a metal used for conduction of electricity), mushroomed, and with the arrival of the railroad lines, Butte became very prosperous. By the turn of the century, Butte was the leading producer of copper in the United States.

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