The Orphan Girl

Off to the west of town, The Orphan Girl stood away from the other mines. Now she stands as the centerpiece of the World Mining Museum—a testament to Butte’s legacy. The orphan girl was a popular place to work, because it was cool underground (55°-65°f) compared to most of the “hot boxes” on the Butte hill, where temperatures at 3,000 or 4,000 or 5,000 feet down could be above 100°f.

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