Six stories set in Butte, Montana, chronicle in word and photographs the unique Butte people, the historical Columbia Gardens, the fascinating Our Lady of the Rockies statue, the intense football rivalry between the Bobcats and Grizzlies and the Catholic faith in Butte.

Butte's Berkeley Pit

Butte, Montana was one of the most productive, but unsafe underground hardrock mining operations in the world. All that started to change in 1955 when shovels started digging the Berkeley Pit. The new mining venture became the largest open pit truck operation in the world. The massive complex produced millions of pounds of copper, silver, gold, zinc and other minerals. The Berkeley Pit created jobs, prosperity, safer working conditions and a new lease on life for the richest hill on earth. During that same time, the Berkeley Pit completely changed the way of life in Butte. The ethnic neighborhoods that made the city so unique were wiped away by the enormous shovels and trucks from the Pit operation. The same thing almost took place to the historic business district. The unions became bigger, more aggressive and much harder to control for the Anaconda Company. The Berkeley Pit led to massive amounts of waste rock that changed the skyline. In the end, the Berkeley Pit helped create the largest Superfund clean up site in the world. This is the story of how one single event, the development of an open pit mining operation, forever changed one community, Butte, Montana. This is the story of Butte's Berkeley Pit.

Butte's Berkeley Pit, $24.95


Butte's Catholic Family

Butte, Montana, is a mining town. The vast quantities of copper, silver and gold turned this mining camp into “the richest hill on earth.” Yet, the true rich passion of Butte revolves around its people. The immigrants who came here brought with them the values of their former country. One passion was the ability to worship their faith in freedom. There were many religious denominations in Butte with lots of churches. The most prominent faith was the Catholic Church. At one time, more than sixty-percent of the people living in Butte were Catholic. There were twelve churches, ten parishes and nine Catholic schools. This book, Butte’s Catholic Family, provides a look at the Catholic faith and its role in Butte’s history.

Butte's Catholic Family, $10.00 + $5 s&h

The Divide War: Montana's Golden Treasure
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For over 100 years the Bobcats and Grizzlies have tangled for Montana football supremacy. This series is as bitter and intense as any rivalry in the country. Through the years this game has featured last-second thrillers, major upsets, long streaks and heartbreaking defeats. This is a game that will divide the state. Either you pull for the Copper-Silver-and-Gold of The University of Montana or the Blue-and-Gold of Montana State University. Each year satellite parties are held around the country so alumni can watch to see if their team will have bragging rights for the next year. It is the only major rivalry that is separated by the Continental Divide. The winner each year in the 21st century receives the Great Divide Trophy. This book The Divide War: Montana’s Golden Treasure illustrates the feelings, emotions and passion that Montana players, coaches and fans have for winning this game. “We encourage you to read this book understanding what this game means and the frenzy that encircles one of our country’s most magnificent athletic spectacles.”

Don Read - Montana Grizzly head coach 1986-95 “It is THE GAME! Nothing else can compare.”

Sonny Holland - Montana State Bobcat head coach 1971-77 “I guess you really find out how important the game is to people when you can go just about anywhere in North America and see the game on television.”

Dave Dickenson - Montana Grizzly player 1992-95 “I still get pumped up when the game comes every year.”

Ron Ueland - Montana State Bobcat player 1971-73

The Divide War, $10.00 + $5 s&h

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Butte Voices Butte Voices:
Mining, Neighborhoods, People

Filled with copper, silver and gold, the mining camp of Butte, Montana, is called "the richest hill on earth." The underground mines and later the Berkeley Pit were the sources for producing the largest mining operation the world has ever seen. The powerful Anaconda Company controlled not only the mines, but also the press, the courts, the legislature and the Montana economy. How did that impact the Butte people? What was it like for them working in the most unsafe hard-rock mining operation in the world? What struggles did the Butte people go through to survive tough times? Why did so many foreign immigrants flock to Butte looking for an opportunity? Butte Voices: Mining, Neighborhoods, People examines these questions and tells the story of the Butte people: their struggles, neighborhoods, games and ethnic pride. It is a unique story in a one-of-a-kind town filled with history, tragedy and triumph.

Butte Voices, $19.95 + $5 s&h


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Columbia GardensButte's Pride: The Columbia Gardens

The Columbia Gardens was built by copper king William Clark shortly after he purchased land east of Butte in 1899. In a short period of time Clark constructed one of the most elegant parks in the history of the United States. The park featured gorgeous floral designs, unique equipment, a magnificent dance pavilion, amusement rides, a zoo, a sports complex and, most of all, lots of fun for any person who walked through the gates free of charge. The Columbia Gardens was closed to pave the way for mining in 1973. During its 74 years of operation the Columbia Gardens became more than just an amusement park for Butte residents. It was a treasure more valuable than all the copper, silver and gold taken out of the mines in Butte. Butte's Pride "The Columbia Gardens" provides a wondrous look into this magical place through stories and classic photographs.

Butte's Pride, $14.95 + $5 s&h

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Our Lady of the Rockies

Miracle on the East Ridge

Miracle on the East Ridge is the story of one man's dream to build a statue in the Rocky Mountains overlooking the community of Butte, Montana. Bob O'Bill vowed to build a statue if his wife, Joyce, recovered from a serious illness. The statue, called "Our Lady of the Rockies," took five years to complete. One man's dream became an entire community's goal as Butte rallied around the statue project. The completion of the 'Lady' involved people from all walks of life, including some of the most powerful leaders in the country. The ramifications of the project went all the way to the White House. Miracle on the East Ridge chronicles this fascinating project in stories and breath-taking photographs.

Miracle on the East Ridge, $12.95 + $5 s&h

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Butte Photos

The following copyright photos were shot by Mike Kearney, Pat's brother. Each photo still needs to be mounted and framed.

Steward, Kelley, Original Mines


  Steward, Kelley, Original Mines, $14.95 + $5 s&h


Bell Diamond Mine



  Bell Diamond Mine, $14.95 + $5 s&h



Anselmo Mine

  Anselmo Mine, $14.95
+ $5 s&h


Mountain Con Mine



  Mountain Con Mine, $14.95 + $5 s&h



Sunset - Butte, Montana


  Sunset - Butte, Montana, $14.95 + $5 s&h



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Mr. Kearney About the Author

Pat Kearney was an award winning journalist from Butte Montana. He was active in the broadcasting industry for over 35 years in Montana, winning numerous awards. Kearney had written and published the above listed books. Kearney passed away before seeing Berkeley Pit in Print form. All copyright and distribution rights and materials are being handled by the Pat Kearney Estate.

Kearney has written seven books. The books include:

1989 - Butte’s Big Game
1990 - Miracle on the East Ridge
1994 - Butte’s Pride - The Columbia Gardens
1998 - Butte’s Voices: Mining, Neighborhoods, People
2001 - Butte’s Copper League
2004 - The Divide War: Montana’s Golden Treasure
2010 - Butte’s Catholic Family

To order by check or money order, please send to:
c/o Bill Kearney
219 12th Ave.
Helena MT 59601


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