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Published on Jan 11, 2011
Butte, where Steinbeck stopped on US 10 to buy a gun at a sports shop, is an amazing town built on a mountain of copper. It's a mix of industrial ruins, great brick downtown buildings and a history of wealth and growth and decline and violence and environmental damage. I drove from downtown up to the top of the hill above it on a gloomy Saturday, Oct. 15 afternoon. The derrick-like structures are headframes and were once used to lower miners into the mines and bring the copper out. Read the details about Butte in 1960 compared to Butte today in my Amazon.com book "Dogging Steinbeck." Or go to my web site TruthAboutCharley.com